Land administration arrangements and practices in any country influence the pace and outcomes of social and economic developments. Since the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nations have been encouraged to take initiatives to attain the SDG targets. As a key factor in development therefore, how land administration arrangements and governance practices contribute to the attainment of the SDG goals becomes an important national, regional and global question. The 9th EALAN AGM and Conference was hosted by the Department of Geospatial and Space Technology of the University of Nairobi at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS), Nairobi. The theme of the Conference was ―Promoting Land Administration and Governance for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa‖. The main session themes were: Land Acquisition for Development Projects, Access to Land for Women and Vulnerable Groups, Innovative Solutions for Land Administration; and a Policy Dialogue Session. One of the key items of discussion was on the development of a more purpose oriented land administration. So far, there is no complete coverage in land administration in most of EALANs member states. Traditional and conventional approaches do not bring the desired results. Many new tools and approaches are available today – amongst them more fit-for-purpose oriented approaches. Apart from the educated conventional approaches in surveying and land administration there was agreement that universities and industry should embrace new and innovative approaches. This includes, for example, the use of imagery to support initial data acquisition for land administration. Rwanda has very positive experience in this respect. Another important issue discussed is a proper organized linkage between Cadastre and Registry. During the Conference, over 100 participants attended, with over 16 presentations including key note presentations. Most of the paper article submissions were subjected to peer-review and the authors were asked to present revised papers. In these proceedings, the papers are organized according to the session theme in which they were presented. The Local Organizing Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the German Government through Nelga and giz, the Dutch government through Nuffic, and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development towards the staging of the EALAN 2017 conference.
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To become a platform for academic professionals to share ideas, country experiences, plans and ways to improve land administration training/education in Eastern Africa, among other land related issues of regional concern.
Promoting and improving Land Administration Education/Training and Research in the Eastern Africa region through collaboration with academic partners
MISSION: To contribute to improved livelihoods through offering a bridge between communities, stakeholders and policy makers in the promotion of equitable access and sustainable management of land and natural resources.
VISION: To become a centre of excellence in promoting the application of appropriate land policies, laws and management practices by empowering society through innovative and knowledge based advocacy and capacity building in Kenya and the region.
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