The United States Agency for International development (USAID) has committed $12 million to fund a study on land related issues in the country.
The five-year project seeks to find solutions to
wrangles emanating from land, the single most cause of conflict,
especially in rural areas.
The USAID vice president in Rwanda,
Brian Frantz, made the announcement during a workshop to discuss land
related issues in Kigali on Wednesday.
The three-day workshop
brought together officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources,
USAID, NGOs, and universities, among others, to consider the priority
areas of the study.
“USAID has different issues it supports (in
the country) but land issues research will be addressed during this
period,” Frantz stated.
He noted that his organisation would
support research in selected areas to help the government and other
stakeholders to solve land conflicts.
”The land project was
designed in five years and Abunzi, community mediators, will be trained
to acquire enough knowledge to solve land disputes,” he revealed.
have previously been criticised as having acted as judges rather than
playing their role as mediators but they also play a critical role in
solving land disputes”.
USAID’s chief of party of the land
project, Anna Knox, said; “Through hosting a workshop dedicated to
establish the most critical land related policy research priorities, the
land project will have the basis to support Rwandan researchers on this
through competitive subcontracts.”
The selected priorities are
inheritance and succession law and practice in relation to land rights,
land use consolidation about environmental and socio-economic impact,
assessment of the determinant factors of land market value and mapping
land dispute resolution processes and institution and making
Qualified researchers will be helped through the USAID support to find the solutions and measures taken to resolve them.
acting Director General in charge of Land and Mapping at the Ministry
of Natural Resources, Pothin Muvala, appreciated USAID’s initiative to
support the study saying land issues still persist.
research is carried out in these selected areas, it will help
implementers to know where they are, their weaknesses and improve their
jobs thanks to the research results.”
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