Stakeholders Endorse Kenya Centre for Land Acquisition and Resettlement at UoN
Date and time: 
Wed, 2019-01-23 08:26

The University, in partnership with World Bank Group, the Government through the National Land Commission and other agencies is to establish a centre of excellence in Land Acquisition and Resettlement.

The Institute will be based at the University in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre will help solve land resettlement and acquisition issues; Issues that range from historical, economic political, social and legal.

During a multi- stakeholder workshop at the Norfolk Hotel, Dan Gibson from the World Bank group revealed that the University of Nairobi initiated the conversation on the establishment of the Centre. He set out the agenda of the workshop by challenging the stakeholders to set out the academic track and the practical track. He said, “The academic track should support the hands-on work on the ground. It should be able to offer solutions to the gap faced in the country.”

On her part, Dr. Reshmy Nair, from India gave their experience of a similar institute in India that has been in operation since 1994. She advised the stakeholders to pick their curriculum which has worked and contextualize it according to the land policies and law.

Dr. Harry Kaane, World Bank, presenting the Training needs Assessment Report said that the need for training is there in the country which should be converted to demand. He reported the lack of formalized partnerships. “The overall goal for the centre is to get skilled trainers and practitioners on land resettlement and acquisition.”

When delivering his remarks on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Principal College of Architecture and Engineering, Prof. Peter Ngau, said, “The proposed centre is very close to the heart of the University of Nairobi. It is part of the progress envisaged by the University in partnering with various stakeholders in provision of quality, relevant, timely research and teaching programmes that fit in with current industry and development goals of the country.”

He noted, “It gives us the pleasure to note that we are on the right side of history by establishing such a centre through a process of consultations with a wide range of stakeholders.  I note with a lot of appreciation the efforts made by the representatives of the University of Nairobi, The World Bank and the National Land Commission in mobilising stakeholders for the initial Workshop that paved the way for the smooth commencement of the process.

 

The centre is expected to be operational by the end of the year 2019.

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2019-10-24 08:26