Zambia’s National Land Titling Programme: Challenges and opportunities

Emmanuel Tembo, Joseph Minango, Matt Sommerville

The National Land Titling Programme (NLTP) was conceived in 2014 with the idea of placing all land in Zambia on title at a reduced cost for its citizens. At the time of conception there were only about 142000 certificates of title for a country with a land area of 752614 square kilometres. Almost 80 percent of the land is not registered and bringing all this land under title is a massive undertaking. The programme objectives are to guarantee security of tenure, reduce displacements, promote internal security and increase the revenue base and investment in the Country thereby contributing to socio-economic development. To achieve these objectives, the government of Zambia has piloted the implementation of the National Land Titling in two areas of Lusaka i.e. Madido which is an illegal settlement and Kamwala South which was planned by the Lusaka City Council. In customary areas work has been done by private partners to document land rights. This documentation however is not backed by law and is therefore not included in the national registration system. The government has also engaged the World Bank with the view to seek technical assistance in upscaling the efforts from the pilots and develop revenue potential from land titling.

Event: Land Governance in an Interconnected World_Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty_2018

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