Friday, May 24, 2024

Programme Area 3: Research and Knowledge Management

Outcome 3.1: Research agendas identified and the creation of linkages and networks in the area of land governance facilitated.

Technology is an indispensable asset that is key to development. All IGAD countries are making every effort to generate and adapt new technologies to improve land governance, among others. However, Research, Development and Demonstration (RDD) are an expensive undertaking. There are considerable benefits when countries pool their limited resources and collaborate in their research efforts. IGAD is particularly well placed in identifying research agendas and facilitating the creation of linkages and networks in the area of land governance. Also IGAD is well placed in identifying appropriate research agendas in the area of land governance with the objective of promoting the importation, adoption or adaptation of new and appropriate technologies for the improved land governance in the region.


Outcome 3.2: The capacity of the member states for accessing potential incremental financial resources built.

Budgetary constraints of the IGAD countries have traditionally meant insufficient funds allocated for land governance. Fortunately, the traditional approach to financing land governance interventions from the resources of development partners is beginning to change, although very slowly. For example, some member states such as Uganda and Sudan are beginning to allocate/commit more domestic resources to land governance. For the majority of the countries though, external financial resources remain a vital source. There are opportunities for realizing greater financial resources domestically from the region’s land governance initiatives. However, the constraints to accessing potential incremental financial resources are largely technical and can to a large extent be overcome by building the capacity of the member states.


Outcome 3.3 research on key land governance challenges in the IGAD region with a view to enrich land policy implementation and regional convergence

The business plan will set aside research grants for the identified research and academic institutions to undertake research and document good practices in the region. The research activities will help IGAD to build a reliable and sustainable source of knowledge and experience. To facilitate this process, a call for proposals and guidelines will be developed to facilitate grant-making/disbursement.


Outcome 3.4 initiatives Piloted across member states aimed at improving land governance in the region

To facilitate learning from within the region with the aim of drawing lessons to support scaling up land governance, the IGAD Secretariat will be assisted to support the piloting of initiatives across member states aimed at improving land governance in the region. To achieve this, IGAD through the Ministers will prepare a framework agreement with Member States on areas of convergence that will warrant piloting initiatives to be undertaken, drawn from the Regional convergence Framework developed in Phase 1 of the project.

 Outcome 3.5 Policy advocacy and knowledge management in IGAD and its Member States increased

The Advocacy expert at IGAD Secretariat will design and deliver an advocacy campaign to influence Member States to develop and implement comprehensive land policies. In addition, the plan will enhance past initiatives including the: strengthening the IGAD land governance knowledge management platform (the IGAD Land Governance Portal) to ensure it is accessibility and usability by all Member States and land stakeholders; knowledge management and dissemination through the national and regional dialogue platforms as well as the ALPC organised Biennial Conference on Land Policy in Africa.