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Name of the project: ‘LAND justice – Land Access Network for Development and Justice’ – Length: 36 months (till August 2018)
Target area: Chembe, Chienge and Mansa district in Luapula province
Target groups: 9 paralegals (3 per district); 30 civic and traditional leaders (10 per district); 5 CSOs in Land, Gender, Environment and social issues; 660 community members (50% women); 3 lawyers (1 per district); 30 court officials/councils staff; 6 policy makers (2 focal points per district); 5 journalists (media)

Objective of the project:
To contribute towards enforcement of human rights and democratic processes on land rights issues through citizen’s participation and access to justice in Zambia.
The project is working at two levels: in the districts of Chembe and Chienge and Mansa districts in Luapula province; and at the National level advocating for policy change and land related legislation. In Luapula it is seeking to bring about an increase in security of land tenure by way of documentation, particularly amongst women which will lead to an increased ownership of land for women. To empower communities in Luapula to demand and claim their rights, the project is aiming to enhance the knowledge and skills of people on land rights, gender justice, gender justice, social accountability and advocacy. The project will also work with CSOs to engage with the Government so that they adopt and implement policies that protect and promote land rights in Zambia.

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What change does VSO and ZLA want to see with the ‘LAND justice- Land Access Network for Development and Justice’ project:
  1. Land tenure and documentation: In Luapula the project is seeking to bring about an increase in security of land tenure by way of documentation, particularly amongst women, which will lead to increased ownership of land in the targeted households in the three districts
  2.  Knowledge and skills: To empower communities in Luapula to demand and claim their land rights, the project is also aiming to enhance the knowledge and skills of people in these communities on land rights, gender justice, social accountability and advocacy.
  3. Policy change: The project will work with CSOs to engage with policy makers so that the government adopts and implements a legal framework that protects and promotes land rights in Zambia

 


VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that utilises specialised experts as volunteers to deliver high impact development projects to fight poverty, specifically focusing on education, health livelihoods and governance. Our work in Secure Livelihoods includes experience in enterprise and market development, food security and production and natural resource management. VSO aims to break down barriers and build on opportunities to enable poor and marginalised people to benefit from economic growth.   For More information on VSO follow the links below:

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Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA) is a network of NGOs promoting fair land policies, laws and administrative systems, which take into account the needs of the poor. ZLA’s key areas of work include: research, advocacy, paralegal services, networking, awareness raising and documenting land rights in communities. The organisation advocates for better land policies and laws such as the adoption of a comprehensive land policy, compensation and resettlement policy, customary land administration bill and for the revision of the 1995 Lands Act on order that poor people have secured access, control and ownership to land for sustainable development and improved livelihoods. For further details, click on the links below:

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