Lilongwe, Malawi, 10 October 2018 (ECA): In response to a request from the Government of Malawi, the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development undertook a two-day training to support key stakeholders facilitate equitable, efficient, and sustainable LSLBI in accordance with the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges and the African Union Guiding Principles on LSLBI. Specifically, the training helped raise awareness of regional instruments and strengthened the capacity of key stakeholders to effectively assess potential risks and benefits associated with LSLBI, including addressing the gender dimensions. Key stakeholders also benefited from presentations of ongoing projects and case studies undertaken by national researchers and legal practitioners.
The training targeted a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development; Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development; Ministry of Industry and Trade; Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development; Ministry of Justice; Malawi Bar Association, and Launar University of Agriculture and Natural Resources among others.
While presenting trainee with certificates, Mr. Duncan Chione, representative of the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, urged trainees to utilize the knowledge gained to support the domestication of the African Union Guiding Principles in Malawi. He also thanked the ALPC for equipping senior professionals with relevant knowledge and skills to support effective implementation of the ten newly enacted land related laws.
Dr. Joan Kagwanja, Coordinator of the ALPC, congratulated the Government of Malawi on its considerable efforts to improve land governance through the successful enactment of ten land-related laws. In conclusion, she reiterated the ALPC’s continued commitment to support the implementation of the national land reform process.
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