NLC HOSTS THE THIRD REGIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

The National Land Commission (NLC), in partnership with the National Research Fund (NRF) and various stakeholders, have successfully convened the 3rd Regional Research Conference, which commenced today.
The two-day event, taking place at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) Nairobi, gathered leading experts, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore the theme, “Data, Innovation, and Technology for Land Governance.”
The conference aimed to facilitate dialogue on integrating data and technological innovations into land governance practices. It featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, providing attendees with insights into current trends and future directions in the field.
Organized jointly by the NLC, NRF, Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, Technical University of Kenya (TUK), University of Nairobi (UoN), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the conference highlighted the critical role of technology in modern land governance.
Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Information, Communication, and Digital Economy, Hon. Eliud Owalo EGH, highlighted the government’s commitment to investing in digital skills to enhance service delivery and access to government e-services.
He stressed on the importance of leveraging modern technologies to achieve economic growth targets and provide effective services to citizens.
The CS also emphasized on the Kenya National Digital Master Plan’s recognition of the importance of land in production and its aim to automate land processes by 2030.
On his part, NLC Chairman Gershom Otachi, recognized land governance as integral to national development and social stability, acknowledging Kenya’s multifaceted challenges in this area.
He stated that the Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, has made significant strides in digitizing land records and creating robust land information systems.
“One of our flagship initiatives of an integrated Land Management Information System (LMIS) is a one-stop portal for all land-related services, including critical data on land ownership, usage, registration, valuation, and dispute resolution that not only make it easier for citizens to access land services but also improve coordination among different government agencies involved in land management,” he stated.
At the same time,NLC CEO Kabale Tache, emphasized on the timeliness of the conference’s theme in addressing the complexities of land governance, urging the adoption of new technologies for sustainable and equitable land use.
Kabale implored that the use of data, innovation, and technology has the potential to revolutionize how we manage and govern land, making processes more efficient, transparent, and inclusive.

Her counterpart Prof. Dickson Andala, CEO of NRF, underscored the importance of funding research to drive technological advancements in land governance, aligning with Kenya’s existing frameworks.
The conference provided ample networking opportunities, fostering collaboration among academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. Participants engaged in dynamic discussions on various topics, including Land Information Management Systems and Innovative Technologies for Effective Land Governance.
The 3rd Regional Research Conference underscored the transformative potential of data, innovation, and technology in addressing challenges such as urbanization and climate change, shaping sustainable land governance strategies for the region.

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