In her opening remarks at a NELGA side-event at the 2019 Conference for Land Policy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Joan Kagwanja, Coordinator of the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), outlined that NELGA’s course is developed from a comprehensive assessment of what is needed in terms of developing land professionals in Africa. The focus on political economy of land governance reflects the contextual reality of land governance in Africa. Participants of the course are selected from a wide range of nationalities, educational backgrounds, and professional fields. To date, ninety-five students from twenty-six African countries have graduated from this short-course.
Six NELGA short-course alumni shared stories at the side-event on how participation in the course affected their knowledge of land governance and professional paths in their home countries. Sissoko Founemakan an alumnus from Mali who participated in the 2019 course in Accra, Ghana claimed that after the short course, he was able to apply his knowledge on land certification in the context of land issues in his home country .
Samba from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment shared that the course has exposed him to a wide-range of topics including statutory versus customary tenure, land reform policies, land administration in rural and urban contexts, and large-scale land acquisitions. Thanks to this opportunity, he is currently contributing to an effort in the Ministry to develop and implement land management policies.