INES-Ruhengeri is a partner in the road leading to the sustainable land administration and management

From 24-25th November 2021, a National Convening on Land Issues took place at Kigali, Lemigo Hotel, under the theme: “Fostering the Collaboration among Land Policymakers, Scholars and Civil Society Organizations Partners for preventing Land Conflicts”. This convening was organized by the Institute of Applied Sciences (INES-Ruhengeri) in collaboration with Search for Common Ground.

Dr. Callixte Yadufashije addressing his closing remarks (photo/Vedaste)

“INES –Ruhengeri as an academic institution, is a partner in this road leading to the sustainable land administration and management. We plan to continue cooperation and collaboration with all partners through research and advocacy, resuming land clinic at INES-Ruhengeri and also organizing such platform where you can continue to exchange knowledge and experiences”, Dr. Callixte Yadufashije, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics and Research at INES ,while he was addressing his closing remarks.

Dr. Callixte Yadufashije added that the National Convening on land issues in Rwanda is a good platform where academia and policy makers and implementers meet, share experience for the future and sustainable land administration and governance.

 “ In fact, without proper land management, land administration and governance, there is no sustainable development and this can then be a source of conflicts”, he underlined.

Participants came from various land policymakers, scholars and civil society organizations partners (Photo /Vedaste)

For over a decade now, Rwanda has embarked on land reform that have led to land titling and digitization of spatial and non-spatial data. However, for sustainability, new innovative skills in land administration are required; and that is where the academia should be involved.

Ines-Ruhengeri being one of few academic institutions that have land related courses, took a step in proving services to the community through the establishment of land Clinic (although this was halted by the outbreak of COVID-19) – where local people with land related issues are welcome at the Campus premises, helped by university students with support of lecturers to resolve those issues including helping them to compile documents seeking land services in public institutions.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Callixte Yadufashije also revealed that next year, INES-Ruhengeri in collaboration with the African Association of Remote Sensing and Environment, are organizing the bi-annual conference for the 13th time, where is expected to host over 500 experts and professionals in remote sensing, land and management .

On behalf of Search for Common Ground, Mr. Jean Paul Ntezimana thanked all participants as well as their respective institutions for a valuable time and contributions brought to this convening. He pledged that Search for Common Ground will continue to work in collaboration with several institutions, civil society organizations, and more academic institutions including INES-Ruhengeri.

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