Land Administration Institutional Development Programme Benin

In Benin land governance is organised around the 2013 comprehensive land law (Code Foncier et Domanial), which has replaced all earlier land legislation. The Agence National du Domain et Foncier (ANDF), the government agency responsible for land administration, is a relatively new organisation, founded in 2016. To be able to benefit from the experiences in the Netherlands, ANDF formed a partnership with Kadaster International.

Optimising work processes and national coverage of land administration

As colleague and partner, Kadaster International together with MDF and VNG assists ANDF with the optimisation of their work processes and the execution of a “fit for purpose” approach for achieving national coverage of the land administration. A huge task because at this moment there are only a few parcels formally registered (60.000 of the estimated 5 million parcels) and there is a lot of political pressure put on ANDF to show results. To speed up the process the Dutch Embassy in Benin supplies funds that enables a consortium of three parties (MDF Training and Consultancy, VNG International and Kadaster International) to execute a four year project for capacity building of ANDF: 'le Projet pour la Modernisation de l’Administration Foncière (PMAF)'. 

In 2017 only a few parcels were formally registered (60.000 of the estimated 5 million parcels) and there is a lot of political pressure put on ANDF to show results.

The challenge in Benin is collecting the land data by using data that is already available from other parties and filling the national land register. Key in our cooperation is that collecting the data should be affordable, quick to collect and the quality of the data should be good enough to fit the purpose.

Intended results

Four outcomes of our support have been defined:

  • The national cadastre is available, functional and sustainable in order to contribute effectively to the land security of a growing number of people
  • ANDF implements the national land policy, in accordance with the obligations defined in the Land Law (Code Foncier et Domanial)  respecting the conditions of land security and in a financially sustainable manner
  • All parties in the mapping, legal and judicial chains are aware of their roles and responsibilities and assume them effectively and correctly in collaboration with other parties in the chain
  • Increased opportunities for civil society and other interest groups to advocate for improved legislation, policies and implementation of policies to protect access and land ownership rights for socially and/or economically disadvantaged groups

Duration of the project

2018 - 2022

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