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Exploring the Integration of Conventional and Innovative Approaches of Land Administration in Zambia

Mulenga, Elly Misapa (2020) Exploring the Integration of Conventional and Innovative Approaches of Land Administration in Zambia.

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Abstract:The registration of land in land administration plays an important role as it is described as a formal process of recording land parcels information, including other details of their extents, tenure, use, and value. The land administration in Zambia has been experiencing challenges in land registration in the past decades. Some proprietors of the innovative tools have engaged in the documenting of customary lands and informal settlements. However, many of these innovative tools as well as the existing data collected by the innovative approaches have not been adopted into the formal registration system. This research, therefore, aimed at investigating the possibilities of integrating the conventional and innovative approaches of land administration to provide security of tenure for all such as the marginalised groups, women and the elite. The research adopted a qualitative approach which involved interviews with the key informants from government institutions and innovative organisations to obtain information on the conventional and innovative approaches for land administration in Zambia. The information gathered showed that there is a possibility of integrating the two approaches, either a full integration with the conventional system absorbing the innovative land approaches and taking full control of the system. The other option is to have the two approaches partly integrated with the conventional approach to collaborate with the innovative approaches in the provision and delivery of land management services. However, for effective integration to happen, there will be a need first to address the identified gaps in the spatial legal and institutional frameworks. From the status quo, it was ascertained that partial integration would be appropriate because the innovative will continue with their work and that the integration could be done in the already existing National Spatial Database Infrastructure (NSDI) platform. Information gathered will be integrated with what the conventional system currently has in place within the same platform. It is therefore recommended that the policymakers should work on the current laws such as the Land Survey Act 188,1960 by amending or making it flexible at the same time to finalise the draft land policy in order to accommodate the use of innovative approaches for land rights documentation that will allow the possible integration of the two approaches. For further studies investigating the impact of the integration of conventional and innovative land approaches from the perspective of the stakeholders may be considered and designing a framework for the integration.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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