National Engagement Strategies (NES) allow members to come together and bring change by advocating for well-articulated land policy and legislative reforms around the globe. The NES allow members of ILC to ensure that ongoing land reforms in Africa do not jeopardise the rights and access of vulnerable groups such as women, indigenous communities and youth.
2017 Multi-Stakeholder Platforms on Land Governance in Africa: Review and analysis of ILC's experience
As part of the efforts to address land governance issues, various organisations are adopting multi-stakeholder platforms as suggested by Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs). The VGGTs were formulated between 2009 and 2012 through broad consultation of stakeholders from UN member states, civil society, the private sector and academia. The VGGTs aim to serve as a reference guide for improving the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests. Against this backdrop, the ILC has, over the past five years, invested in building an enabling environment to realise people-centred land governance at national level. ILC does this by establishing and supporting multi-stakeholder platforms which develop and implement National Engagement Strategies (NES).
As of 2017, NES platforms are in operation globally in more than twenty countries, connecting civil society actors among themselves and with national and local governments; informing and mobilising key stakeholders; and supporting and strengthening the capacities of key actors at all levels by equipping them with relevant knowledge and tools. On this basis, ILC has commissioned this study to review and provide an analysis of its experience of multi-stakeholder platforms on land governance in Africa. The review however, does not provide exhaustive examples of each studied country, but uses different countries to illustrate the history, structure, outcomes and challenges facing NES MSPs. It then proposes a set of recommendations to strengthen MSPs.