Angela Thokozile Didiza, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reform from the Republic of South Africa, said that more AU members states could adapt and integrate systems and structures at different governmental levels to better manage and allocate land that have worked in other African countries. “It’s important at the government level to ensure that states have land regulatory frameworks that are clear for citizens and investors, administrative systems that support legislation, and other means of support” said Didiza.
This additional support, continued Didiza, can take the form of reforming land registration and title transfer costs in a manner that both allows people to afford these charges but also generates income for the institutions that can be invested in effective land administration and management systems.
The official recording and management of land rights was mentioned as being a crucial component to fight land sector corruption because it lets institutions and individuals take stock of what they have and how valuable their land is. This data can help close policy implementation gaps on the ground and help mobilize resources at the country level.
Many of the tools and processes that can strengthen land governance and financing are digital. In an ever increasing digital world where land governance challenges are also changing, Moha El-Ayachi, Coordinator for the North African Node for the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), said that “Africa has taken up the challenge by implementing an attractive strategy known as strengthening capacities of African Union Institutions”. This has been achieved by strengthening advisory capacities of AU institutions, developing training and education capacities, and enhancing research capacities via NELGA (see link below for featured article on NELGA).