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 at the 2013 African Union for Housing Finance

Allan Cain and Professor Liu Haifang of the Centre for African Studies at Peking University and DW’s Director presented on China Urban Investment to Africa during a panel session at the 2013 African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) conference in Mauritius, September 11 to 13, 2013. The panel on “Understanding (and harnessing) Chinese investment interest” was co-hosted by DW and the Centre for African Studies at Peking University. See the powerpoint on the DW website here.

Liu Haifang
Liu Haifang

Allan Cain also presented a paper on DW’s work at the PILaR Book Project Workshop at Istanbul Technical University which ran from October 22 to 23, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. See his powerpoint on “Participatory & Inclusive Community Land Sharing: The Case of Huambo, Angola”, on the DW website here.

Allan Cain
Allan Cain

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.