A Regional Learning Workshop on “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security” took place in in Nairobi-Kenya on 30th June to 2nd July 2015 to provide an important opportunity for the different IFAD-supported projects and partners in East and Southern Africa to share their achievements, lessons learnt and provide a way forward.
The workshop set out to deepen the understanding of land and natural resources tenure security issues and to identify opportunities to strengthen land tenure security and land access of the rural and marginalized groups in East and Sothern Africa.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
Strengthen lesson sharing and knowledge exchange among various stakeholders and IFAD-supported projects
Identify and share challenges, as well as innovative tools and approaches, for strengthening land and natural resources tenure security of poor people and vulnerable groups
Identify entry-points for collaboration among IFAD-supported projects with the TSLI-ESA program
The workshop drew over 55 participants from 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and India. It used participatory and interactive learning methods. Including case presentations, visual representations, small group discussion and presentation of challenging questions, problem sets etc. Presentations were made on
- Mapping land and natural resources rights to enhance security of tenure
- Securing land and natural resources rights through inclusive business models
- Innovative approaches for securing land and water resources rights
- Innovative approaches for enhancing women’s land and natural resources rights
- Innovative approaches for promoting group rights on land and natural resources
The workshop was organized by the UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) with IFAD providing technical assistance and overall co-ordination of the workshop. The international Institute of Rural Construction (IIRR) synthesized the inputs from the learning workshop and was to compile proceedings.
Alluring presentations were made from projects and initiatives across Africa that were in line with the objectives and goals of the learning workshop. CURI/UON was among the presenters in the workshop, covering its ongoing project with UN Habitat/GLTN; Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security in East and Southern Africa.
The workshop was a successful learning exercise for all members that participated it provided an opportunity to bridge new networks and evaluation and sharing of practice between the various projects.