Africa Land Forum: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa through partnerships for inclusive land governance

What: A pre-event of the 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA)

Date: 26 – 28 October 2021

Venue: Virtual


The overarching objective of the 2021 Africa Land Forum (ALF), co-hosted by the Africa platform of the International Land Coalition (ILC Africa), the African Union Commission’s Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development (AUC-DARBE), the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), is to provide space for land users, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, policy makers, and various development actors to exchange ideas and mobilize forces around the centrality of multi-actor partnerships for land rights and secure land tenure for all in achieving the SDGs. As Conference’s pre-event, the ALF topics of discussion will build on the CLPA’s theme and sub-themes Two and Three.

Specific objectives

1) Provide space for land stakeholders to learn and discuss the role of inclusive land governance in achieving the SDGs in Africa through experience and knowledge sharing and dissemination of good practices

2) Promote multi-actors’ partnerships on land governance as a means to preserve Africa’s identity and heritage

3) Mobilize for renewed commitment to inclusive land governance and responsible private sector investment by all land stakeholders on the African continent

4) Accelerate action for women, youth, IPs and local community land rights

Secondary objective

This pre-event will also be an opportunity for ILC Africa, its members and partners to fine-tune/finalise their proposed CLPA’s side events, masterclasses, conference papers and exhibitions. ILC Africa will organise a side event in Kigali to present and discuss the outcomes of the ALF with the CLPA’s audience.

Expected outcomes

1) Experience and knowledge are shared, and good practices disseminated by land stakeholders to promote inclusive land governance

2) Innovative knowledge products on land and the SDGs are created, and a dynamic platform for networking on using land governance to advance the SDGs is provided

3) Multi-stakeholder platforms or National Land Coalitions are identified as inclusive spaces to promote and preserve cultural identities, traditional livelihoods and local practices

4) Policy makers and development actors are reinforced to promote and support multi-stakeholder platforms at regional, national and local level to achieve Africa’s SDGs.

5) Action for women, youth, IPs and local community land rights are accelerated.

Forum sub-themes

The Forum sub-themes include:

  • Inclusivity in the context of digital land governance and technology
  • Women contribution to land governance
  • Land policy reform and implementation
  • Accelerating action on Indigenous Peoples, Women and Youth land rights
  • Community land rights
  • Land data, monitoring and accountability
  • Land and responsible investments

Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and social distancing measures still in place, the 2021 ALF will be held virtually via Zoom. This forum is scheduled for three days, from 26th to 28th October 2021, with a three-hour session every day. This call for presentations to land governance MSPs/NLCs, land experts, partners and public is launched to develop the program. The presentations should focus on the forum theme and the selected sub-themes. A couple of subject experts and keynote speakers, including government representatives will be invited to address participants on topics related to the forum theme and sub-themes.


Why should you submit a presentation/session proposal?

The Africa Land Forum is an annual stakeholders-driven event organized by ILC Africa and its partners that provides land actors in the region and beyond with an opportunity to promote people-centred land governance; connect with other stakeholders; mobilize knowledge, experiences and good practices; and influence policy makers and duty bearers at national and continental level.

How presentation/session proposals will be selected?

The Forum conveners will set up an ad-hoc committee composed of conveners’ representatives to develop the forum’s agenda based of the submissions received. Acceptance of selected proposals will be communicated two weeks after the deadline for submitting proposals. All correspondence will be conducted by e-mail and/or phone.

How to submit presentation/session proposals?

Proposals should be between 250-300 words and not exceed two pages, written in English or French, and submitted in doc, docx, or pdf formats. Proposals submitted in any other formats other than those specified here will be disregarded. Please submit your proposal by 15th September 2021 to the following email address (copying and The proposal should provide a concise overview of its relevance to the forum and why it should be included in the programme. For sessions proposal, kindly provide the list of proposed panellists/speakers. Authors should clearly indicate their name(s) and affiliations.


Name and affiliation of the applicant: ____________________________________________

Type of proposal (choose one)

  • Presentation
  • Session
  • Corresponding Forum’s sub-theme (choose one)
  • Inclusivity in the context of digital land governance & technology
  • Land policy reform and implementation
  • Land and spirituality in the African socio-cultural context
  • Accelerating action on Indigenous People, Women and youth land rights
  • Community land rights
  • Land data, monitoring and accountability
  • Land and responsible investments

Motivation (250-300 words max). For sessions, specify the objectives and expected outputs/outcomes.

For session proposal only: List of proposed panelists/speakers (3 maximum)

Submit your proposal by 15th September 2021 to (copying and


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