Announcement: Annual Ghana Land Conference 2022
The 1st Annual Ghana Land Conference is scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana from June 7-11, 2022.
There is no doubt that a well-functioning land sector is fundamental to economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability.
Like many developing economies, Ghana’s land governance system has several challenges which affect the overall state of land tenure security. In a bid to strengthen land tenure security, the land governance system in Ghana has gone through significant changes over the last two decades. While some of these changes have resulted in institutional, legislative and policy reforms, there is evidence of increased land tenure risks, limited documentation, disconnect between the state and the customary systems and limited public awareness and general non-compliance to regulations. The recent passing of the new Land Act 2020, ACT 1036, which many practitioners believe contains some progressive clauses that respond to contemporary challenges in the land sector, is the most recent intervention in the land sector.
While these efforts over the years have contributed to some positive results in the land sector, the worsening land tenure risks, especially for land rights holders in the customary sector give an indication that much more is needed beyond the interventions in law, institutions and regulations. In some ways, there are many more challenges in implementation that require a holistic and consistent approach in analyzing and addressing them.
CELPAD, in collaboration with COLANDEF and key country-level and international partners, has conceived the idea of instituting an annual multi-stakeholder platform, convening to review the Land Sector in Ghana, deliberate on practical solutions, foster coordination and complementarity of efforts and joint monitoring of the implementation of agreed solutions.
An Annual Land Conference in Ghana holds the promise to offer the platform for a coordinated national conversation on the land sector, for dialogue on the intractable issues bedeviling the land sector, for networking, for knowledge sharing on best practices and for igniting the motivation needed for increased collaboration and coordination among state land actors, customary land actors (traditional authorities, smallholder farmers), researchers, development practitioners, private sector actors and all other land sector stakeholders, towards a transformed land sector in Ghana.
Tentative Details for our first conference
Date: June 7-11, 2022
Venue: Accra, Ghana
More information on this event in the coming months.