Background

Landnet East Africa is a regional network and part of a wider network whose focus is land tenure and policy. It was established in 1999 as a network of persons and institutions in the East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda both governmental and non-governmental interested in the Land sector reform. The Network came into being to facilitate policy makers, researchers and civil society representative discussions on land rights, land tenure and land policy reforms in the sub-region. The network in effect fulfills its aspirations of facilitating discussions, exchange of information and sharing of best practices on cross cutting land issues in the African continent and the world over thereby enhancing the land policy formulation/ development at all levels.

The constitution of Landnet East Africa allows for a rotation system whereby the network / coalition is now housed and its activities coordinated by a member organization. At the moment the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) is playing this role.

TIME LINE ON THE GENESIS OF LANDNET EAST AFRICA

1999:     Landnet Africa was conceived in February 1999 at a Land tenure and sustainable development conference in the UK, as a mechanism to network across Africa and with the rest of the world on issues of land management and administration. 

2000:     At a follow-up meeting in Addis Ababa in January 2000, a decision was made to devolve the operations of the network to the Sub-regional levels.  This led to the formation of four sub-regional Landnets: East Africa, the Horn, West and Southern Africa.

The East African Sub-region covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Landnet East Africa was formed with a specific mandate to facilitate the buying in from the National level Land Alliances in the four countries, and RECONCILE from Kenya agency was mandated to provide the interim secretariat and to facilitate the actualization of the new Sub-regional Network.

2001:     At an inaugural General Assembly held in Naivasha Kenya in August 2001, a draft Constitution and a Steering Committee comprising of representatives from civil society, government and research organisations from the four countries were approved.

2002:     A business plan was developed and discussed at a meeting in Kigali in December of 2002.  The plan was to serve as basis for resource mobilisation. 

2003:     The process stalled.

2004:     The process was reactivated by the Uganda Land Alliance with the support of the International Land Coalition and a reflection and learning meeting held in Kampala Uganda in September. Earlier drafts and the Constitution fed into and informed the development of the business plan.