Supporting land tenure rights in Angola’s central highlands

Harvesting potatoes in Huambo, Angola.

Harvesting potatoes in Huambo province, Angola.

On November 28 Development Workshop and World Vision launched the Draft Land Management in the Central Highlands of Angola  in Kuito, Bié province. The project is the result of a recent agreement between the EU and the FAO to ensure the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT).

10 countries are involved: Angola, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Swaziland. This project is financed with funds from the European Union (EUR 33 million).

The 3 year project in Angola will cover 3 provinces: Huambo, Bié, and Benguela and aims to empower governments at national, provincial and municipal levels, non-state actors and local communities to facilitate the recognition of land tenure rights, forests and other resources.

Find out more here (text in Portuguese only):

DW visits the Medellín Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment

DW’s director Allan Cain visited the PILaR Candelbra Project in Medellín, Columbia with a team from UN-HABITAT in April 2014. The pilot is a joint initiative of Medellin’s Institute of Housing and Habitat (ISVIMED), Medellin’s Department of Planning and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). At a global level, the Project is developing a methodology to help apply participatory and inclusive land readjustment in low or middle income countries.

Watch a video tour of the the PILaR Candelbra Project and video of a workshop on participatory and inclusive land readjustment in Medellín led by Robert Lewis-Lettington on DW’s website here.

Cacuaco celebrates 74 years


Photo courtesy of the Cacuaco Forum Blog.

This month, Cacuaco municipality in Angola celebrates 74 years. In 2013, festivities honored the first chief of Cacuaco, who defended the interests of the land. This year, the regions rare, endangered pelicans are the focus of celebrations.

From DW’s Cacuaco Forum Blog: “The birds live in the saline zone, but are slowly disappearing because of disordered structures that threaten their habitat. Cacuaco Management, with the help of the Ministry of Environment, held an exhibition about the species to sensitize communities to the problem. Visitors watched the pelicans with binoculars. Civil society was also invited to participate in the festivities.” Read more from the Blog here.

African urban fantasies: past lessons and emerging realities

Now on our website, read DW director Allan Cain’s paper titled “African urban fantasies: past lessons and emerging realities”, published in Environment & Urbanization, the journal of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), April 2014. Click here to read the article.

The paper responds to Vanessa Watson’s article on the inappropriate urban development plans that are increasingly common in sub-Saharan Africa as governments seek to make their cities “world class”. It describes how the government of Angola has been able to use financing from Chinese credit facilities to build prestige projects that include support for the public-privately developed Kilamba city with 20,000 apartments. In the paper, Allan Cain argues that an opportunity is being missed to use today’s income from high-priced natural resources and the current easy access to Chinese credit lines and technical expertise to address the very large backlogs in urban upgrading of basic service infrastructure and housing for the poor. The paper also reflects on a previous post-independence period when a number of African new cities were built, leaving some countries with decades of debt and stagnant development. Can errors from the past offer lessons for future African urban development?

Development Workshop publishes 3 new books about Angola

We’re excited to announce the publication of three new book titles by Development Workshop that are now available in print and also as a free PDF download on our Books page.

AguaMoGeCaO Modelo de Gestão Comunitária de Água: MoGeCA privilegia na sua abordagem o envolvimento dos grupos locais na negociação, construção e gestão dos pontos de água, como pressuposto básico para promover o desenvolvimento local.

Huambo AtlasAtlas and Profile of Huambo / O Atlas e perfil do Huambo: This book offers information essential to understand better the customs and traditions, realities and aspirations of the province’s inhabitants. This information is important and timely for all decision-makers to enable them to take appropriate steps in the planning and execution of measures appropriate to fulfilling the aspirations of the citizens of the Central Plateau. O Atlas e Perfil do Huambo: sua terre e suas gentes proporciona-nos informações fundamentais para melhor conhecimento dos usos e costumes, práticas e aspirações das populações que habitam a província, subsídios fundamentais e oportunos para os decisores do País e da região, tomarem as medidas adequadas na programação e execução de acções susceptíveis de assegurar um bem estar a altura das pretensões dos cidadãos do Planalto Central.

Cuvelai BasinThe Cuvelai Basin in Angola and Namibia / Povos e água da bacia do Cuvelai em Angola e Namíbia: The Cuvelai Basin is perhaps unique in the world as a drainage system that consists of hundreds of channels that join and separate thousands of times. Esta compilação de informações tem como foco a forma como correm as águas na Bacia do Cuvelai e as pessoas que aí vivem. Ambos os aspectos chamaram a atenção, recentemente, devido aos níveis acima do normal das águas e às inundações dos últimos três anos.