The Land Governance programme focuses on land governance issues in South Africa and beyond. The aim is to contribute to the growing body of work on land governance in South Africa. The specific aim of the PARI land initiative is to contribute to improved land governance through building state capacity, enhancing state–CSO engagements by generating empirical evidence and building the state’s capacity to uphold the South African Constitution.
The Land Governance programme focuses on the need for increased attention to the land governance and administration issues. The continued contestation in policy and practice around land issues, institutional dynamics, slow progress on South Africa’s land reform programme, decline in systematic outputs on land administration, lack of coherence on policy implementation at the local government level, the current debate on land administration, polarised interpretations and positions among the stakeholders in the sector as illustrated in the and litigation ongoing discussions around land expropriation highlight the need for this intervention.
The approach includes case study research, multi-stakeholder convenings, conference presentations, capacity development of stakeholders, generating alternative narratives and amplifying the voice of the marginalised in the land governance discourse. The national level intervention will focus on the state capability, diagnostic study of land administration and functions and enhancing the narratives and repositories of land in South Africa. The sub-national case studies will focus on selected provincial land administration, municipal, traditional, and religious land governance authorities to interrogate decentralised land administration, impact on designated persons, amplifying the voices of the marginalised and generating alternative narratives
Lead: Dr Gaynor Paradza