Stein T. Holden and Mesfin Tilahun, CLTS & School of Economics and Business, NMBU, arranged a workshop on the “Land Rentals as a Pro-Poor Land Tool” project in Addis Ababa 10-11.December.
The project has established collaboration with Federal and Regional Land Administration experts covering the Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNP regions in Ethiopia. Important objectives of the workshop were to identify priority areas for policy intervention and design pilot experiments for testing of such interventions. Five priority areas for policy experiments were identified.
The Global Land Tools Network, UN-Habitat, funded the first Phase of the project that the workshop was part of and have indicated a commitment to provide funding also for the next Phase.
- I can hereby confirm that we have just completed a very successful workshop and developed priorities for pilot experiments for the next phase. We also had participation from land law makers in the workshop who stated that our work has had substantial impact on their current revisions of land laws for Ethiopia, says Stein who is pleased with the outcome of the workshop.
In addition, the Director of the Federal Land Administration, Tigistu Gebremeskel, expressed gratitude for the contributions by Stein Holden and coauthors on land tenure issues in Ethiopia and stated that this has influenced their thinking and current reforms of the national land laws. He also saw the project as an important step towards more evidence-based policy-making and gave strong support to the project.