FIG Working Week 2019

Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 22–26, 2019

Innovative Customary Land Governance in Zambia: Experiences, Lessons Learned and Emerging Impacts


This paper will demonstrate the experiences, emerging impacts and lessons learned on securing land rights of poor, women and vulnerable groups in the context of customary land governance in Zambia. It will describe the implementation of fit for purpose land administration approaches in empowering poor households in rural lands, particularly women. The paper will also endeavor to inform other stakeholders in similar contexts in Zambia and in other countries how best they can govern land in customary settings, with a focus on inclusive and participatory approaches, use of appropriate land tools, the importance of good leadership in land governance and the commitment to empower women and indigenous communities.