GHANA: Forum on Land Grabbing Begins in Accra

ACCRA AUGUST 23, 2016(CISA) – National stakeholders’ forum on land grabbing begun August 23.

The theme of the forum is Unmasking land grabbing in Ghana; restoring livelihoods; paving the way for Sustainable Development Goals.

The forum is being organized by Caritas Ghana under the auspices of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.   The forum will, among others, launch a national survey   undertaken on cases of land grab in the Volta Region and other parts of Ghana.

According to a press release sent to CISA August 23, the participants will also share information and possible best practices of partnership in community land utilization.

The survey which covered about six months of research has been prepared by Caritas Ghana in collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge on Development (CIKOD) and the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AF&JN).

The survey also aims at raising the vexing issue of land grab as a national canker, was carried out as a follow-up to some of the recommendations that were adopted at a continental conference on land grabbing in Nairobi, Kenya last November and an initial case study carried out in the Volta Region of Ghana, by AF&JN based in Washington DC, USA.

The survey concluded by looking at the adoption of the SDGs as the global new framework for development and the need for a change in mind-set.

About sixty stakeholders from Government, Community Actors, Justice and Peace Commissions, Leaders of Faith Base Organisations and media professionals are attending the Forum.

The Executive Director of AF&JN, Rev. Fr. Aneidi Okure, OP and some officials of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will address the forum.

Mr Samual Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of the Department of Human Development of the National Catholic Secretariat, Ghana, is coordinating the forum.

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