CPS Projects - Africa

 Governance Framework for Customary Land Secretariats, Ghana (Ministry of Lands Ghana):

Customary Land Secretariat, GhanaThe aim of the consultancy is to strengthen Customary Land Administration in Ghana through the development and strengthening of Customary Land Secretariats (CLSs) as accessible, effective, equitable and accountable local structures for the administration. This project involved extensive literature review, government reports and internal documents, wide consultation among all stakeholders in Ghana; and a study on the current status of twenty-one Customary Land Secretariats (CLSs). The Governance Framework for Customary Land Secretariats proposes that development of customary land administration and the CLSs follow a 4-phase evolutionary approach based on customary practice, but one that takes into account current socio-economic changes, governance principles, and contemporary norms of practice. The goal of this evolution is the one-stop shop for citizen/customer land services.

Project Lead:  Ian Methven

CPS Members and Associates:  Sue Nichols (GGE), Rex Ahene, Steven Lawry, John Bugri (KNUST), John Brown (Accra), Susana Lasteria-Cornhiel (LTC), Erin O'Brien (CPS), and Veronica McGinn (CPS)

Other Stakeholders:  21 Ghanaian Customary Land Secretariats, Friederike Diaby-Pentzlin

Building Higher Education in Malawi (AUCC / CIDA):

UNB/Mzuzu Survey CampThe UNB/Malawi Internship program, coordinated by the Centre for Property Studies, focuses on governance, environmental sustainability, health education and capacity building. The partnership between the Department of Land Management, Mzuzu University and CPS/UNB (signed in 2007) was created to explore academic opportunities for students and young professionals.  It has now expanded to include opportunities for Faculty exchanges and an advanced educational program designed to build capacity where it is needed the most - Universities, Government Ministries and the Private Sector.  For more information see our International Internship Program.

Project Lead:  Ian Methven and Veronica McGinn (CPS)

CPS Members:  Sue Nichols, John McEvoy, Erin O'Brien and Veronica McGinn

Other Stakeholders:  Mzuzu University, Kauma Village Childrens' Centre, National Youth Council of Malawi and the Government of Malawi (DHRMD - Gender Unit / Ministry of Lands)

Sustainable Restitution Support, South Africa (CIDA)

SRS-SA ProjectThe objective of this project was to implement and test the Operational Framework in three communities, one in each of the three provinces of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape. The test addressed the efficacy (does it work); efficiency (is it cost-effective); and effectiveness (does it meet the goals and objectives). Lessons learned from this process will be incorporated into the final edition of the Operational Framework document to be implemented across all restitution communities in South Africa, and adapted later for application to redistribution and tenure reform communities. Furthermore, it is hoped that this Programme can serve as a model for application across all of southern Africa.

A critical issue identified by the Operational Framework was the importance of both the pre-settlement and post-settlement periods in preparing the community and the government for the settlement process, and for ensuring that the enterprise operations remain intact and viable. Thus this project emphasizes the importance of addressing these issues in terms of maximising the probability for success, i.e. ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the beneficiaries, and maintaining agricultural or other enterprise production for the public good. This is complemented and enhanced through the establishment of national, provincial and local steering committees which brings together the main stakeholders from the public and private sector to coordinate the provisioning of post-settlement support services.

CPS Lead:  Ian Methven (CPS)

CPS Members:  Ian Methven, Sue Nichols, John McEvoy, Mary Ogilvie, Linda Neilson, Susan Gavin, Erin O'Brien and Veronica McGinn

Partners:  Centre for Land-related Regional and Development Law and Policy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sustainable Land Management in Senegal (World Bank / TerrAfrica):

Sustainable Land Management Project, SenegalThe objective of the project was to review and analyze sustainable land management practices in Senegal.  The assignment was conducted through desk reviews, considerable in-country analytical work and extensive consultations with stake holders on the ground.  To ensure that the Review is well targeted, tuned to local realities, and encourages country ownership of the outputs, Tropica Environmental Consultants, leading environmental consultants in Senegal, was retained as a key part of our team. They assumed the main responsibility for preparing the Diagnostic report and played a substantial role throughout the process of preparing and reviewing the drafts of the Options Report. They ensured widest possible involvement of local stakeholders and partners.

Project Lead:  Franklin Cardy

CPS Members and Associates:  Julian Dumanski, Christopher Gibbs, Paul Egli, Veronica McGinn, Tropica Consultants of Senegal

Other Stakeholders:  UNCCD focal point, the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, UNCCD Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development and other relevant ministries, ISRA (l'Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricole), Le DAPS (Direction de l'Analyse, de la Prévision et des Statistiques, (Ministryère de l'agriculture et de l'Hydraulique), Le CSE (Centre de Suivi Ecologique), and the LADA Project Team.

Land Reform and Governance in South Africa (CIDA and AUCC),

SRS-SA LimpopoLand Reform in South Africa has 3 pillars:  Restitution:  aims to restore land ownership or compensate people, Redistribution:  providing access to land (mainly agricultural) to the disadvantaged and poor and Land Tenure Reform:  security of land rights for all South Africans, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

The CPS was awarded 4 CIDA International Youth Internship to address these issues.  The internships significantly contributed to the development of an understanding of pre and post-transfer support issues in relation to the Communal Land Rights Act, the relationship between governmental departments responsible for this support and the private sector providing a Canadian perspective in the land reform debate.  For more information see our International Internship Program.

Project Lead:  Ian Methven and Veronica McGinn

CPS Members and Associates: Sue Nichols and John McEvoy

Partners:  Centre for Land-related Regional and Development Law and Policy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

E-Strategy for the City of Durban, South Africa (SCI, Industry Canada)

This project was to support the development of an e-strategy for the City of Durban, South Africa including an integrated geospatial information system, an ICT infrastructure and e-government.

Project Lead: Ian Methven and Mark Doucette 
Partners: CARIS, Watermark Industries Ltd., University of Natal

Capacity Building in Southern Africa (CIDA):

Capacity Building in Southern AfricaThe purpose of this report is to evaluate capacity development needs in land policy and administration in southern Africa.  Major issues include the creation of two-tiered systems of land holding which have continued in the post colonial era.   The three major challenges were addressed 1) the need for more equitable distribution of land and natural resources; 2) the need to develop new arrangements for the co-existence and recognition of several types of tenure systems; and 3) the need to provide the land tenure and land administrative basis for urban and peri-urban growth. Issues within these challenges that require particular attention include gender equity, common property resources, rapid demographic changes, economic development, the rights of pastoralists, and peri-urban infrastructure. 

Project Lead:  Sue Nichols and Boipuso Nkwae