NELGA Short Course Training on Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa 2019 (Funded)

NELGA Short Course Training on Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa 2019 (Funded)

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applications are open for the NELGA Short Course Training on Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa 2019. The University of the Western Cape (UWC) will present an endorsed short course on the Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa.

Across Africa. the majority of both rural and urban residents have insecure tenure rights, either in law or in practice. They face the legacy of land dispossession, colonial legal codes, contested customary tenure systems, and growing pressure on the land in the face of commercial investments. How can land rights and land governance in Africa be strengthened? To address these challenges requires building a highly-skilled cohort of land professionals and land policy makers. This short course will equip these leaders to resolve the land challenges facing the continent.

The course will be presented by the Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in collaboration with the African Land Policy Centre. The second course will be hosted in collaboration with Ardhi University in Zanzibar, Tanzania from February 11-15, 2019.

Course Content

The key themes and concepts that will be covered in the course will include:

  • Pre-colonial and colonial histories of land rights in Africa
  • Statutory versus customary land tenure in Africa
  • Land policy and land law in Africa
  • Land administration in rural and urban contexts in Africa
  • Land corruption in Africa
  • Natural resource access and management in Africa
  • Large-scale land acquisitions, gender and class in Africa
  • Land policy responses and African and global land policy guidelines


  • Funding is available for 40 participants to cover course registration fees, travel and accommodation. The course is funded by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), through the Network of Excellence in Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).


  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree and have 3-4 years of work experience;
  • Applicants without a university degree may be considered, if they have 10-15 years’ work experience.


Applicants are required to submit the relevant supporting documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae (including employment history)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Identity documents or passport
  • Application form

Send the application to [email protected]

For more information, visit NELGA Training.