Gender and Land Rights Database


Land administration institutions and women quotas


The system of land administration in the country is currently undergoing restructuring under the Land Administration Project (LAP), initiated in 2003 (22).

The Lands Commission, established under the 1971 Lands Commission Act, as provided for by the Constitution, is the authority mandated to regulate the size and duration of land transfers as well as to judge their fairness (21). The Commission has the following duties, as specified in Article 258 of the Constitution:
  i. Manage public lands and all lands vested in the President or in the Commission.
  ii. Advise the Government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas.
  iii. Formulate and submit to government recommendations on national policy with respect to land use and capability.
  iv. Advise on, and assist in the execution of comprehensive registration of titles to land (13).

In 2008, a new act was enacted to establish a new Lands Commission to integrate the operations of public service land institutions. The new Lands Commission is made up of the following divisions: Survey and Mapping Division; Land Registration Division; Land Valuation Division; Public & Vested Lands Management Division.

The Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands is responsible for all the activities related to the management of stool land, including the collection and accounting of stool lands revenue, consultation with stools and other traditional authorities on matters relating to the administration and development of stool lands. The Office operates at the levels of National, Regional and District Offices. Currently the Office has seven Regional Offices and 60 District Offices throughout the country (22).

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography