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Importance of arts & culture

The AU recognize the role arts, culture, and heritage can play as catalysts for the socioeconomic development and integration of the African continent. Hence, the proposed theme draws inspiration from the AU Agenda 2063 as a shared strategic framework and blueprint for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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Effects of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis provides an opportunity to reexamine the continent's socio -economic priorities to land governance, including the role of cultural workers, contributing to building stronger and more resilient development sectors towards equality, inclusion, social cohesion and African Renaissance.

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Contextualized African land policies

The CLPA is expected to have a catalytic effect on land policy development and implementation in Africa through creating space for presenting the intersection among art, culture, heritage and land governance, and knowledge sharing on the role of land governance to safeguard art, culture, and heritage towards Agenda 2063.

Global positioning

The Conference will also present research findings on land policy and governance and complements existing initiatives such as the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. Its hosting is intended to multiply opportunities for Africans to participate in a regional conference.


Land governance for
safeguarding art, culture, and heritage towards the Africa We Want. 

The Conference's theme is endorsed by the AUC-ECA-AfDB Joint Working Group on Land and presented to the Scientific Committee for adoption. The Conference's theme aligns to the African Union Declaration of 2021 as African's Year of Art, Culture and Heritage through the theme, "Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want"

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Land and spirituality in the African socio-cultural context
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Education and knowledge systems in inclusive land governance
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Land in African cultural heritage and creative industries
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Political economy, land heritage and the creative economy
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Culture and geo-spatial systems
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Decolonization and land as a social process of change


We deepen commitment and strengthen capacity for land policy
through improved access to knowledge and information
in support of evidence-based land policymaking.

Knowledge Sharing Outline

Share and exchange knowledge and best practices on issues related to land tenure security, especially for women and vulnerable groups;
Transparent, accountable and sustainable land-based management and investments;
Addressing land-related conflicts;
Land governance for safeguarding art, culture, and heritage, 

showcase innovations

Showcase information, communication and land administration technologies and innovations to enhance land governance and administration; 

stakeholder networking

Provide a platform for networking among researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to improve the quality and quantity of research to address African specificities and emerging issues in land governance

advocacy and resources

Provide an opportunity for advocacy and resource mobilization in support of national and regional land policy initiatives geared towards enhanced land
governance in Africa.

policy dialogue

Provide space for informed policy dialogue among stakeholders on policy options to enhance land governance, strengthen access to land by all land users, including women and youth, and recognize the customary based land rights of African