Advocating for land rights in Zambia
Land rights are a key influence on the livelihoods of entire communities in Zambia. The Land Access Network for Development and Justice (LAND Justice) project aims to improve the security of land tenure by:
- advocating for policy changes to improve and formalize ownership documentation, particularly amongst women
- empowering communities to demand and claim their land rights
The project operates in six communities within the Chembe, Chienge and Mansa Districts of Luapula Province. It’s a partnership between VSO, Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA), and Mansa District Land Alliance (MDLA) which is a branch of ZLA in Luapula Province. It is funded by the EU.
Barriers to the administration of land in Zambia include:
- limited information on land acquisition processes;
- weak enforcement and monitoring of land rights;
- poor harmonization of land policy and legislation;
- weak co-ordination of the land administration sector by stakeholders;
- low levels of community participation and knowledge of land rights; and
- prohibitive cultural attitudes towards women’s ownership to land.
Alice Mafuleka: Governance Manager: VSO Zambia Office
VSO Zambia Program Office,
P.O Box 32965, Lusaka
4th Floor Mukuba Pensions House
Dedan Kimathi Road,
Lusaka – Zambia.
Tel: +260 211 224965/69/71
Fax: +260 211 225160