The project will be implemented through four interrelated components:
Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration
The component will provide a platform for continued work on the legal and regulatory framework governing land administration and land use, building upon the accomplishments achieved under LAP I. It will support completion of the Land Bill and Land Use and Planning Bill and their associated legislative instruments (LI). The Land Bill and the Land Use and Planning Bill are currently in draft. LI’s will also be prepared for the Administration of Stool Lands Act, 481 of 1994 and the Lands Commission Act of 2008 (767). The project will hire legal experts to consult with relevant stakeholders and to complete the legal reforms. Dissemination of information concerning the new laws and regulations, and training of stakeholders including lawyers, judges, traditional authorities, landowners and tenants, land administrators and others will be undertaken. The judiciary will be supported under this component to review court processes and rules in order to improve court performance in the adjudication of land cases. Land courts and selected circuit and district courts in Western, Ashanti, Greater Accra and Northern regions will be refurbished and automated. The project will also support reporting of land cases, scanning and storage of files for proper record keeping. Support will also be provided to build capacity of the judiciary and other relevant land sector agencies in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and other mediation mechanisms in the resolution of land cases.
This component will also support specific supporting studies and policy development. These include: (i) review and formulation of policies on fees and taxes which are conducive to the financial sustainability of the system and to the registration of titles; (ii) in collaboration with the proposed “Commercial Agriculture Project”, support studies to develop suitable strategies and institutional arrangements in order to facilitate access to suitable land for investors whilst ensuring that the rights and interests of owners and the local communities are respected; and (iii) any other consultancy services that may be identified in the course of project implementation with the approval of IDA.
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