On April 18-20, the Focus on Land in Africa website was launched at the World Bank Land Conference in Washington DC. The occasion proved to be a unique opportunity to make the site known to a broad audience of land tenure specialists and elicit their feedback on it.
The Focus on Land in Africa website was developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Landesa with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The site is aimed at informing and educating development practitioners, donors, and policymakers about the relevance of land rights to their work. It currently feature modules highlighting the land tenure experiences and lessons from six sub-Saharan countries – Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda – which are conveyed through a series of interactive slideshows, maps, timelines, diagrams, and publications. Plans are to expand the site to include several other countries.
Each country module is designed to educate development practitioners about critical land rights issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and deepen their appreciation for the role that land rights play in shaping livelihoods and development trajectories. The modules further seek to encourage greater consideration of land rights in the design and implementation of development projects and policies, so as to improve their outcomes and ultimate success.
Please visit the Focus on Land in Africa site as it continues to grow.