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Transparency in Land Administration – Phase 2 – Africa

Project location Africa
Starting date 01 April 2008
Completion date 31 July 2009
Client United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT),
Global Land Tool Network
Partners University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC),
Ardhi University (ARU), Tanzania,
Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia,
Environmental Development Action in the Third World (ENDA), Senegal
Project leader Chris Paresi
Project officer Paul Schoonackers
Project type Training
Budget Euro 117,500


The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is a global land partnership which aims at contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, poverty reduction in particular, through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure (

In the framework of the GLTN, two of its members, the Training and Capacity Building Branch (TCBB) of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the United Nations University School for Land Administration Studies of ITC, the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, have jointly taken up the task to develop tools for and to build capacity in Transparency in Land Administration (TLA). Phase 1 of the Programme (covering the period January 2007 – July 2008) aimed at the development and piloting of a new training programme, including a TLA Toolkit and a Framework Training Programme and the try-out of the programme through a pilot course in Kumasi, Ghana early 2008.

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The Project

Phase 2 of the TLA Capacity Building Programme aimed at further rolling out the programme in other regions of Africa, using the training programme and case studies that had been prepared during Phase 1 of the programme.

The programme in Africa included three additional (besides the pilot in Ghana) training courses targeting so-called “Change Agents”. The training served to expose participants  to land sector specific transparency principles, concepts and tools, including training delivery methods so that participants would be equipped to impart knowledge and skills to others in their respective countries;

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  1. A first Training Workshop of Phase 2 focussed at Southern Africa and was held 26-28 May 2008 in Windhoek, Namibia, attended by 32 participants from Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho and country representatives of UN-HABITAT.
  2. A second Training Workshop focussed at East Africa and took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 24-27 June 2008,  was attended by 28 participants from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
  3. A final, third Training Workshop was implemented for the Francophone West African region from 9-11 September 2008 in Dakar, Senegal and was attended by 26 participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic republic of Congo, Senegal and Chad.

The second Phase of the TLA Capacity Building Programme was implemented by the Training and Capacity Building Branch (TCBB) of UN-HABITAT and ITC/UNU-LAS, expanded with four regional partners:

  • Polytechnic of Namibia, in Windhoek, Namibia;
  • Ardhi University (ARU), in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and
  • Environmental Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) in Dakar, Senegal

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