Conscious of the primary role that land plays in development, African leaders adopted in 2009, the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa, and in 2010, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa as supported by the African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Together with other further African commitments and coordination by the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), the said policy instruments formed the basis for an AU Agenda on land.
After 10 years of implementation, the African Civil Society (CSO) Platform, also composed by several GLTN partners, have conducted an assessment study on land policy in Africa with technical and financial support from UN-Habitat and GLTN. The research work was completed and was launched during the May 2022 Global Land Forum in Jordan. The research work has demonstrated significant progress in improving land policies and governance across the continent. However, there are still areas for improvement and new challenges and opportunities for engagement. Some of the priority areas that were identified include: further strengthening of women’s land rights, focus on urbanization issues, opportunities for emerging digital technologies and strengthening mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of land policy.