African governments are increasingly aware that they must take the lead in land policy and
tenure reform, since political interests are at stake. A diverse array of approaches to
strengthening land rights is now emerging, and there are valuable lessons to be shared
between governments, civil society groups and land professionals. The paper is intended to provide the basis for the
development of a platform document to be prepared by the workshop’s organising partners. It provides an analysis of the key issues, challenges and lessons learnt at different levels and based upon the outcomes of recent workshops and conferences on African land issues, so as to assist the workshop in the articulation of a shared vision and rationale for development of an Africa wide policy framework and related guidelines.