Project Brief: Land Tenure and Property Rights in Ethiopia

USAID’s work with land tenure and property rights (LTPR) in Ethiopia began with the Ethiopia Land Policy and Administration Assessment in 2004, which led to the following projects: (1) Strengthening Ethiopian Land Tenure Policy and Administration Program (ELTAP) from January 2005–June 2008; and (2) the Ethiopia Strengthening Land Administration Program (ELAP), 2008–2013. ELTAP was implemented to: reform the legal framework for land and property by harmonizing regional land administration and use laws with federal legislation; improve the awareness of land users and stakeholders about land administration and land use laws and regulations; and strengthen the capacity of federal and regional governments to implement second level land registration and certification. Both ELTAP’s achievements and ongoing technical and policy challenges created demand for the successor ELAP project.

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