FIG Africa Task Force

Results and Publications

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Executive Summary

The key purpose of the FIG Africa Task Force was to enable the surveying profession in Sub-Saharan Africa to deal with social responsibilities in terms of contributing to achieving the MDGs, as articulated in the Terms of Reference (Appendix A). In this regard, the role of the surveyors as change agents engaging with politicians and local communities is of key importance. This relates to the professional status of surveyors that, in turn, is based on the principles of social responsibility and justice. The task force considered and presented new and creative tools to revitalise and strengthen members and their organisations within Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus has been be on building the capacity of the surveying organisations and individual surveyors to act as agents of positive change and encourage the process of development and growth for the benefit of Africa and its people.

The philosophy behind the FIG Africa Task Force has been to empower leading professionals of the surveying profession in Sub-Saharan Africa to take ownership of this agenda and to act as agents of change. This objective has been pursued through a process of participatory development of various methods and tools as presented in the Workshop Manual 2010–2014 (Appendix B). Ultimately, the task force activities should be seen as a capacity development process. In this context, the FIG Africa Task Force activities and outcomes aimed to share and apply knowledge and understanding, and to enable the workshop participants to take on a role of leadership in relation to meeting the MDGs, where each workshop echoed specific MDG themes.

Within the framework of capacity development and professional ethics the task force looked at developing relevant tools in three key areas:

  • Peri-urban development – to develop tools to plan for access rights to sanitation and water infrastructure in emerging informal settlements. Workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, 2010.
  • Recruitment and involvement of young surveyors and women – concentrating on ways and means to breaking down entry barriers into the land profession, for young people and women. Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, 2011
  • Environmental resilience – to develop a response to local natural resource environmental degradation by integrating the principles of sustainable development into all stages of the building cycle process and by encouraging practices to stem the loss of environmental resources. Workshop in Elmina, Ghana, 2013.

Through the design of the workshops, the process has been participatory in order to ensure that the participants take ownership of the outcome. The programme and proceedings for each of the three workshops are available (Appendix C). For each of the three workshops the further sharing of knowledge has been pursued through a four step process:

  1. Design and delivery of participatory workshop;
  2. Development of tangible tools and outcomes
  3. Provision of report for presentation and discussion at the FIG General Assembly at the following Working Week and a full workshop report published at the FIG ATF website;
  4. Facilitating a roundtable at the FIG Working Week for discussion of the further work to develop tools within the specific theme to be included in the volume of the “ATF Workshop Manual 2010–2014”.

Following this process the task force has finally concluded by providing this publication summarising the activities of each of the three workshops, and outlining key recommendations. In short, the FIG Africa Task Force process of participatory capacity development has enthused the workshop participants and enabled them to facilitate the process of further empowering the surveying profession in Sub-Saharan Africa to cope with their professional and social responsibilities.

From these deliberations key recommendations have been devised to propose the continuation of the philosophical and methodological approach of the FIG Africa Task Force. The task force resolves that land professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa should build upon the ATF term (2010–14) to continue to apply their collective knowledge and build their capacity to address the emerging UN Post-2015 agenda that will supersede the current UN Millennium Development Goals that are in place over the period (2000–2015).

It is imperative that African land professionals remain engaged in initiatives that will enable them to make a difference. Renewed commitment to continuing this initiative is crucial. For the first time, through the post 2015 development goals, targets specifically relating to land and societal development will be drafted; thus providing an excellent opportunity to optimise and continue the task force deliberations encapsulated in the Vision:

By 2030 Africa land professionals will provide global thought leadership and promote professional leadership qualities amongst its members and within their Associations

It is therefore recommended that the work of task force continues within an appropriate funded platform that enables capacity development for land professionals within three broad areas to make a difference. These broad areas or themes relate to: Communication, Collaboration and Connectivity, and are presented in more detail in section 5.

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ATF Workshop Elmina, Ghana 2012

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Participants at the ATF Workshop in Elmina

The Final African Task Force Workshop was held at Coconut Grove Conference Hotel & Suite, Elmina, Ghana, 22 - 23 October 2012.

ATF Workshop Cape Town, South Africa 2011

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Participants at the Cape Town Workshop

The 2011 ATF Workshop was held in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by FIG Partners:

- The South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO) and
- Geomatics department of the University of Cape Town.

ATF Workshop Mombasa, Kenya 2010

The 2010 ATF workshop held in Mombasa, Kenya hosted by the Institute of Kenya Surveyors (ISK.)

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Participants of the ATF Workshop

FIG African Task Force held its first Africa Task Force Workshop in Mombasa in cooperation with the Institute of Surveyors in Kenya (ISK). ISK have demonstrably proved active in Kenya, having been instrumental in taking on the role of advocates with the community in the recent government activity in Land reform on Kenya. Their skills as acting as change agents in Africa will lend itself to the objectives of the Task force in debating and proposing tools for individual land professional members in sub - Saharan Africa.

Pre ATF task force workshop held in Ghana at GHIS Annual Conference 2009

Papers related to the Task Force