Benchmarks for Land Governance in Africa

Benchmarks for Land Governance in Africa

Source: International Land Coalition Africa, 2014

Author(s): Tim Bending

Topics: Governance, Land

Added: 17/01/2015


As we plunge into land reforms on the African continent with diverse interests and players raising varied propositions, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) guide our thinking and direction.


The F&G and the VGGT were endorsed by the nations at a time when land has taken centre stage in global debates. This benchmark guide brings together the global discourse in the VGGT and the regional priorities elaborated in the F&G. This guide makes it easy to articulate and apply the two frameworks, not separately but together, in land reform processes in Africa. The complementarity between the two frameworks is phenomenal, one creating the framework for reform and the other providing the essence of such reforms.



This guide juxtaposes the two frameworks, making it easy to illustrate the similarities not just for analysis, but for integration into our work. For campaigners, the two frameworks are tools to help governments to do the right thing in terms of ensuring that land governance reforms are not only developed but implemented. For governments, the frameworks are helpful tools to mark progress in implementing land reforms. 


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