Land Governance

Land governance is the process by which decisions are made regarding the access to and use of land, the manner in which those decisions are implemented and the way that conflicting interests in land are reconciled.

We are working to ensure the youth have access to and use of land and enabling a seamless process through which land conflicts are resolved.

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Gender equality and equity

Foster gender equality and equity by influencing laws that will encourage women to own land, access land and participate in decision-making processes related to land.




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Training and Research

Training young people on land governance and facilitating their research and scholarship schemes in the agrarian field.

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Our commitments

Defend Youth Land Rights

Defend and guarantee the modern and customary land rights of Young people, development actors in Africa (SDG 1; 2; 13; 16).

Land Data information

Make reliable and transparent informations available to organizations for decision-making through studies and research relating to Young people’s acess to land (SDG 16 ; 4).

Women land rights

Guarantee equal opportunities in enabling women to access land as cited in women’s international land rights (SDG 5).

Actions for the youth to access land

Advocacy with organizations and governments for the provision of agricultural land to benefit projects associated with the youth (SDG 1; 2; 8; 9; 11; 12; 17).

Social Inclusion

Equality in decision-making processes related to land considering all strata and categories of young people (SDG 16).


Secure Rural Youth Land

Work to secure the rural Youth land and fight against land grabbing in order to guarantee the land rights of Young people in rural area.

Doing the right thing,
at the right time.






Youth Appreciation


Satisfied partners



  • Report of the Second International Youth Land Governance Conference (CIGOFA 2021)

    The United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the French Development Agency, the African Union, and several other international and regional organizations are through their policies, now engaged in a fierce fight against underdevelopment in some countries of the world, and especially in Africa. We are fast approaching the horizon of the United Nations

    décembre 29, 2021
  • Rapport de la Deuxième Conférence Internationale sur la Gouvernance Foncière sensible aux Jeunes en Afrique (CIGOFA 2021)

    L’Organisation des Nations Unies, la Banque mondiale, l’Union européenne, l’Agence française de développement, l’Union africaine, et plusieurs autres organisations internationales et régionales, à travers des politiques, livrent de nos jours un combat acharné contre le sous-développement dans certains pays du monde, en l’occurrence ceux d’Afrique. Nous nous approchons à grands pas de l’horizon de l’Agenda

    décembre 29, 2021
  • CIGOFA2: Welcome speech by the International Coordinator of YILAA, Innocent Antoine HOUEDJI

    Hello/ good morning, colleagues. I want to extend an invitation to all of you to attend the SECOND international conference on youth land governance in Africa. We appreciate every one of you coming here with us today.  Today is the SECOND international youth land governance CONFERENCE in Africa, and we are honored to host it.

    octobre 13, 2021
  • Yilaa presentera à la Masterclass de la Seconde Conférence des terres Arabes 2021.

    Yilaa sera paneliste à la deuxième conférence sur la terre arabe qui se tiendra du 22 au 24 février 2021 au Caire, en Égypte. Cette conférence est l’une des premières qui met un accent particulier la gouvernance foncière et la jeunesse.  Elle promouvra la bonne gestion et l’administration des terres en se concentrant sur les

    février 21, 2021

    “I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” ― Malala Yousafzai DID YOU KNOW THAT! The world’s youngest countries are all in Africa, with forecasts for 2020 showing just one non-African country – Afghanistan – in the top 20. Such a large number of

    décembre 23, 2020
    décembre 23, 2020
  • Welcome speech by the president of YILAA

    Hello/ good morning colleagues. I would like to welcome you all to the international conference of youth land governance in Africa. Thank you to each one of you for being here with us today. We are very pleased to be able to welcome those of you that have been with us for a long time

    décembre 22, 2020

    M. le Représentant du ministre de l’agriculture de l’élevage et de la pêche M. le recteur de l’université d’Abomoy Calavi du Bénin M. le coordonnateur du Nelga (AOF) le professeur Ibrahima Diallo ou son représentant M. le point focal de Nelga (AOF) Pr. DOSSOU M. Le Coordonnateur du Yilaa Innocent Antoine Houedji M. les membres

    décembre 22, 2020
  • World Environment Day: Reflections on land, youth and sustainable agriculture

    Last month, our international community celebrated World Environment Day 2020. To mark the occasion, YILaA interviewed Amy Coughenour Betancourt, CEO at Cadasta Foundation, to discuss key issues related to land rights and how it relates to youth empowerment, environmental conservation, and the development of sustainable agriculture. This article summarizes some of the main points discussed with Amy as well as her recommendations for the international community for improved land management practices in Africa, a mission shared by YILaA and Cadasta Foundation.

    juillet 14, 2020
  • Now is the time for Africa to digitize land registries, says Joan Kagwanja

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 28, 2020 (ECA) – The ongoing coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) has added impetus to the need for African nations to create comprehensive, up to date land registries to safeguard ordinary people’s land rights, especially in rural communities, Joan Kagwanja of the African Land Policy Centre said Thursday.

    juin 28, 2020
  • Transparency in the Land Sector Needs to Include Youth

    The session ”Exploring tools and approaches towards responsible youth and gender sensitive land governance and transparency in Africa” took place on November 27th, 2019 in the framework of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa and was organized by the Global Land Tool Network and the International Land Coalition.

    février 13, 2020
  • Dakar accueille la 3ème conférence internationale des jeunes sur la gouvernance foncière

    Source: Dakar accueille depuis hier mardi la troisième édition de la conférence internationale sur la gouvernance foncière au au profit des jeunes en Afrique (CIGOFA), s’est tenue ce mardi 1er novembre 2022, à Dakar, avec le thème « Accès des jeunes à la terre pour la paix et la sécurité en Afrique ». À

    décembre 4, 2022
  • First Regional Land Data and Digitalization Conference (AfLADic)

    Youth Initiative for Land in Africa (Yilaa) with the Collaboration of Global Land Alliance will participate to the First Regional Land Data and Digitalization Conference (AfLADic) organized by Kenya State, FAO, Global Land Alliance and International Land Coalition in Kenya. This occasion to talk about our Data4Youth Land Access Project. Please, join us. 🖋

    décembre 4, 2022
  • Candidates admitted to the online youth land governance training series (Yilaa training center)

    Following our call for applications for the training on Land Governance for youth last October, we inform you that after analysis of the applications by the Jury, the following persons are declared admitted. Note that 34 people were selected out of the 100 candidates who applied. Congratulations to you. Full name Name of your organization

    novembre 9, 2022
  • CIGOFA3 – PRESS RELEASE: Achieving Youth Access to Land for Peace and Security in Africa.

    The third international youth land governance conference in Africa ambitions to bridge the gap on youth economic power and financial capacity on the continent at a time of recession. Dakar-Senegal, 17th October – Over a thousand youth are expected at the third International Youth Land Governance Conference (CIGOFA3) to be held from 1-4 November 2022

    octobre 26, 2022
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