From August 22 to September 1, 2017, the Land Portal Foundation and the Land Development and Governance Institute (LDGI) are holding a dialogue focused on Sustainable Land Governance in Kenya. If you would like to participate in the dialogue, please register for an account on the Land Portal. If you already have a Land Portal account, please login here: https://landportal.info/user
In 2009, the Kenyan Parliament approved the National Land Policy (NLP), which mandates land restitution or resettlement for those who have been dispossessed and calls for reconsideration of constitutional protection for the property rights of those who obtained their land irregularly. The NLP was supported by the ratification of a new Constitution in 2010. Further progress was marked by the passage of the Land Act, Land Registration Act, and the National Land Commission Act in 2012. Despite these legislative advances, secure and equitable access to and control over land for all Kenyans remains elusive.
Historical land inequities and land conflicts, gender discrimination impeding the realization of women’s land rights and the management of rangelands by pastoralists remain critical issues that need to be addressed.
This dialogue aims to increase exchange of information between a variety of stakeholders on land governance in Kenya, including the practical implications of sustainable and good land governance by land institutions and land owners, while engaging and amplifying Kenyan voices towards solutions in their own country, and throughout the Global South, that will improve land governance.
Participants are asked to respond to the following questions:
- What is the current situation of Land governance in Kenya?
- What is the way forward towards achieving sustainable land governance in Kenya?
- What mechanisms can be put in place to ensure that the compensation to any land compulsorily acquired is fair and benefits all the legitimate beneficiaries?
- How can the land governance institutions involved ensure that the affected communities benefit from the land compulsorily acquired for investment purposes?
- What is the impact of the land use trends in Kenya today?
- What can be done to promote sustainable land use in Kenya?
- What lessons can we learn from the Land governance system in Kenya?