February 14th, 2021:Liberia Land Authority Ends Thirty-Five Days Awareness and Training of Communities on Customary Land Formalization

With funding from the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LMPTF) through the Peace Building Support Office (PBSO) of the United Nation, a team of technicians of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) headed by Mr. Julius Kawa, Director of Land Policy and Planning, LLA, has successfully completed a thirty-five-day awareness and training workshops on enlightening Project Affected Communities (PAC) on the importance of Community Self Identification (CSI), the formalization of their land and the LMPTF support Project

The awareness and training workshops which was held in Sinoe, Maryland, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount Counties, trained up to seven hundred (700) PACs residents on steps involved in the formalization of their Customary Land as required by the Land Right Act (LRA) of 2018.

The project is jointly implemented by donor partners, including the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), UN-Women, and World Food Program (WFP). At the government level, it is being implemented nationally by the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), National Investment Commission (NIC), National Bureau of Concession (NBC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) etc. The project titled “Sustaining Peace and Reconciliation Through Land Governance and Dispute Resolutions Mechanisms (SPRTLGDR) has two outcomes.

Outcome one focuses on strengthening authorities at national and local levels to manage land allocation, registration, and licensing in a more effective, transparent and inclusive manner, and reducing conflicts.

Outcome two is focused on ensuring that existing semi-formal and formal land dispute resolution mechanisms are strengthened, more sustainable and able to reduce conflicts in a more effective and gender responsive manner.

However, over the period of the project implementation, a lot of activities under the project was successfully achieved. Major achievements include but not limited to the following: Activity 1.1.3, of the project, huge quantity of the simplified version of the Land Rights Act (LRA) has been printed and distributed in the ten (10) Project Affected Communities (PACs) in Sinoe, Nimba, Maryland and Grand Cape Mount Counties, with several other awareness materials, including the LLA’s developed Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ), Boundary Harmonization Guide (BHG), Land Registration Procedures (LRP), amongst others.

Under Activity 1.2.1, a local consultant was hired, and along with the LLA team conducted Needs Assessment of LLA’s offices in the four counties. A Capacity Development Strategy as well as Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) of targeted county land offices were developed. In accomplishment of Activity 1.2.2 of the project procurement, the procurement process for all LLA’s offices within the project counties was successfully carried out, and equipment, logistics and other materials delivered to the Liberia Land Authority pending delivery to the County Offices so as to ensure the smooth functioning of the County Land Offices.

In fulfilment of Activity 1.2.3, which requires building the capacity of LLA staff, the UNDP hired and signed a contract with the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) to train and build the capacity of over forty (40) LLA staff in line with the five (5) year training plan developed by the LLA, with support of the World Bank funded Liberia Land Administration Project. Focus of training is expected to be on Gender and Human Rights, and Gender Responsive Land Dispute Resolution, and other areas of training to enhance LLA’s staff capacity to effectively and efficiently carry out their job responsibilities and tasks.

Under Activity 1.2.4, UNDP also signed and hired the services of a Civil Society Organizations named Coalition of Young Women NGO Network (COYOWONGO) to conduct Community Self Identification (CSI) exercises in the four project counties along with staff of the LLA. Under Activity 1.2.6, a Term of Reference (ToR) for the conduct of boundary harmonization has been developed and published, paving way for the conduct of boundary harmonization and confirmatory survey upon the completion of the Community Self Identification (CSI) process.

Under Activity 2.1.1, a local consultant was hired by the UNDP to conduct a comprehensive Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mapping, and develop monitoring template for the evaluation of the ADR practices around the country.

Under Activity 2.3.1, UNDP supported the Peace Building Office (PBO) and the Liberia Land Authority, and other implementing partners, and key Stakeholders within the project counties to strengthen the coordination between the formal and semi-formal disputes mechanisms. The meetings which brought together additional participants from four other counties were focused mainly on judges, magistrates, police, and other key actors in the land sector to increase coordination, and as well conduct better awareness on the Land Rights Act (LRA), functions and powers of the LLA, and formulization process of customary land.

Under Activity 2.1.8 of the project, the UN-Women procured one high-top Toyota Land Cruiser to be used for project implementation and the Gender Unit for smooth implementation of the project. Also, procurement of office furniture and stationaries was made to aid the project focal person at the LLA. Additionally, the LLA Gender Unit is currently working on the validation process of the National Gender Integration Strategy on Land.

Under Activity 2.1.8 of the project, the UN-Women procured one high-top Toyota Land Cruiser to be used for project implementation and the Gender Unit for smooth implementation of the project. Also, procurement of office furniture and stationaries was made to aid the project focal person at the LLA. Additionally, the LLA Gender Unit is currently working on the validation process of the National Gender Integration Strategy on Land.

Meanwhile, speaking to Emmanuel Chedeh Davis, Communications and Outreach Officer, LLA, Mr. Julius Kawa praised Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr, Chairman of LLA, and Hon. J. Josephus Burgess, Commissioners of Land Administration for their supports. According to Mr. Kawa, he is optimistic that 2021 will yield the required results and as well as witness the implementation of the remaining activities before the end of the project.

Mr. Kawa further expressed thanks and appreciation to the UNDP and UN-Women for the support. He said the land sector, particularly the LLA cannot do all since the entity does not have enough funding due to budgetary constraints from national government. He called on the donor community to continue its support, thus, assuring that the LLA remained committed to ensuring that donor sponsored projects are implemented successfully.

Mr. Kawa who serves as Director of Land Policy and Planning said with support from the Chairman and his boss, Cllr. Kula L. Jackson, Commissioner of Land Policy and Planning, and other technical staff of the LLA, his department has developed several draft regulations and guidelines in line with the mandate and functions of the entity.

“Yes, the thing is, land business in Liberia is serious. So, when you have these activities going on, especially the harmonization and self-identification of communities lands, it helps reduce the number of land cases in the country. One thing we all need to know is, land disputes is affecting every county in this country. It is serious and it must be addressed in the soonest possible time. I am seriously committed to working effectively and efficiently to ensure that the task and responsibility given me be achieved successfully. Mr. Kawa said.

Meanwhile, the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) assumed all land functions relating to Deed Registration, Title Search, amongst others from the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) or ARCHIVES by section 8.1 (e) of the LLA Act which states: The Liberia Land Authority shall administer the deed registry and land registry systems, implementing the relevant laws and registering all land transactions and successions required by law to be registered.

Also, the LLA assumed all land functions previously performed by the department of lands, survey and cartography of the erstwhile Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy by section 8.1 (g) of the LLA Act which states: The Liberia Land Authority shall administer all public survey and mapping services, and the national cadastral, and promote and regulate the proper development of the private surveying profession, and therefore under no condition shall a surveyor or other staff of the Authority engage in the survey of private land or in the survey of communal land in a private capacity.

The Liberia Land Authority was created by an Act in 2016, and the the Land Rights Act (LRA) was passed into law in 2018. The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) is your one-stop-shop for all your land matters, including Deed Registration, Title Search, Survey, amongst others.

 

Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Communications and Outreach Officer

 

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