GIZ discontinuing support to land rights registration

16 Oct 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) will discontinue its support to Namibia’s Communal Land Rights Registration (CLRR) process as from next month.
The Head of Development Co-operation at the German Embassy here, Christian Grün said the Basket Fund – through the Namibian Government, German Development Co-operation (more specifically KfW) and the European Union (EU) - has taken over the responsibilities of supporting the communal land reform process in Namibia beyond 2015.
He made the announcement during the launch of various publications for the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement on Thursday.
Grün noted that 11 years of involvement with the communal land reform process afforded the GIZ a unique opportunity to undertake a review of the process over that period and to discuss the lessons learnt.
The GIZ (formerly GTZ) started to support Namibia’s land reform process in 2003 through the GIZ Support to Land Reform (SLR) Programme.
Grün explained that the development of communal land is a crucial component of land reform, and the registration of communal land rights was regarded as a main component of this support.
He said that it is against this background that German co-operation has supported the Lands Ministry with the production of several multi-media approaches over the last decade, with the aim of increasing awareness about the particulars of the Communal Land Reform Act (CLRA) and encouraging the population to register their communal land rights.
“It is evident that the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement is faced with a great variety of tasks and responsibilities - from on the ground implementation of programmes such as with Communal Land Rights Registration, to overseeing that land-related policies are correctly implemented and observed. The ministry has already made great strides in becoming a leader in land administration in Africa,” he added.
Meanwhile, the ministry launched two publications “A Decade of Communal Land Reform in Namibia: A Review and Lessons Learnt with a Focus on Communal Land Rights Registration” and the “Guidebook on Laws Relating to Immovable Property in Namibia.”
A digital video disc (DVD) with the title “Secure Tenure for All - A Film on the Benefits of Land Rights Registration” was also launched at the same event.
This DVD was one of the last major activities supported by the GIZ SLR Programme regarding communal land rights registration.