Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) says transparency and equitable distribution of both statutory and traditional land will enhance sustainable national development.
And the Non Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) says equitable access and control of land can help in the empowerment of women.
Speaking this morning in Solwezi during a meeting organised for stakeholders at Anso Hotel, TIZ information officer Charles Chulu said there was need for transparency in the distribution of land to citizens.
He said the lack of information by citizens on the land acquisition procedures, both for statutory and traditional land had created fertile ground for corruption.
“Corruption at the end of the day disadvantages citizens especially the vulnerable from accessing land which is an empowerment tool,” he said.
Mr. Chulu said the land policy being developed should address issues of of corruption and transparency.
Meanwhile NGOCC Advocacy officer, Whitney Mulobela said the empowerment of women in Zambia would be accelerated if more women had access to land.
Mr. Mulobela said it was unfortunate that women were continually marginalized from accessing land.
“In some traditional settings, when a family jointly owns land,women tend to be disadvantaged when the husband dies. The ownership of the land tends to move away and that why we are advocating that women should have more access and control to land in their own right” he said.
NGOCC and TIZ are jointly implementing a Transparency. Equality and Equity in land administration project in three provinces.
The project is being implemented in Southern,Northern,North western and Central provinces.
5he two organizations are engaging traditional leaders and government on the need for transparency,equality equity in land administration.
The project is supported by GIZ and the Irish Aid.