Ethiopia Land Administration Program

Completed Project
Project Countries: Ethiopia
Thematic Issues: Food Security, Women's Empowerment
Project Duration: 2008 to 2013
Approximate Funding: $5,000,000

Ethiopia Land Administration Program (ELAP) worked to strengthen Ethiopia’s land administration system, promote tenure security, increase public awareness of land rights, and strengthen the capacity of federal and regional land administration agencies.

Objectives

  • Improve the legal framework related to land use rights at the national and regional levels.
  • Advance public awareness of land use rights.
  • Promote investments by smallholders, medium and larger-scale investors in productivity enhancing technologies and activities.
  • Strengthening the capacity of federal and regional land administration agencies to deliver secure land use rights and land administration services.

Outcomes

  • Helped regional governments in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray select high-potential areas for certifying land use rights of families, individuals and legal entities to facilitate beneficial land transactions. A total of 52,300 parcels of land belonging to 40,880 households were surveyed and registered with PIMs produced and high resolution satellite imagery for cadastral surveying field tested.
  • Supported Somali and Afar regional governments with drafting their Land Use and Administration Policy/Proclamations, with submission to regional cabinet for approval, thereby expanding the legal work under a previous USAID project in Ethiopia’s pastoral regions.
  • Participated in national consultative meetings including:
    • the Ethiopia Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management; and
    • Enhancing Rural Land Use Rights Transactions and Facilitating Access to Rural Land for Commercial Investment.
  • Provided technical assistance to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture in drafting white papers: Review of Land Administration and Land Use Planning Policy and Programs in Ethiopia; Ethiopia Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management; and a concept note on Ethiopia Land Administration and Land Use Planning Project.