Call for Applications: NELGA course on the Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa – Accra,Ghana (Funded)

Application Deadline: 07 June 2019

Across Africa, the majority of both rural and urban residents have insecure tenure rights, either in law or in practice. They face the legacy of land dispossession, colonial legal codes, contested customary tenure systems, and growing pressure on land in the face of commercial investments. How can land rights and land governance in Africa be strengthened? To address these challenges requires building a highly-skilled cohort of land professionals and land policy makers. This short course will equip these leaders to resolve the land challenges facing the continent.

The Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is hosting a short course on the Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa, in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST). The short course will be held in Accra, Ghana from 12-16 August 2019. The medium of instruction and assessment will be  English.

Course Content

The course addresses the political economy of land governance to include the pre-colonial and colonial histories; statutory and customary tenure rights; land policy and land law; land administration in rural and urban contexts; land corruption; large scale acquisitions, gender and class; and natural resource access and management. The curriculum addresses the continent as a whole, but each course has a regional focus in which it is offered in.

The first short course was held in Southern Africa, and the second was held in East Africa. In the upcoming months, we will be hosting a short course in the West Africa region.


Land practitioners and policy makers on the continent who have the responsibilities and expertise on the land governance issues.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree and have at least 3-4 working experience.

Applicants without a university degree may be considered, if they have 10-15 years’ work experience.


Participants are required to complete a pre contact assignment, site visit report and the final submission of a learning portfolio. Participants would receive either:

  • A Certificate of Attendance for those who attend at least 80% of the sessions and participate in 50% of all in-class assignments, but do not complete the assessment activities, or
  • A Certificate of Competence for those who successfully complete all assessments.


The short course is funded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), through NELGA. We have a limited amount of funding available for participants, which covers course fees, travel and accommodation. Interested parties should apply once the call has been released.  

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NELGA course on the Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa


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