The silence over national Land Policy Review process in Tanzania: A call to rethink

By Masalu Luhula

The Tanzania National Land Policy review process needs open national dialogue and the question is whether the process should be revisited and get back to the public to obtain moral authorty. To ensure the dialogue, this paper suggests the use of women and youth movements like Land Rights Monitors (LRMs) and or paralegals initiatives used by various land related Civil Societies like Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, HakiArdhi, Legal Service Facility (LSF) and land alliances or forums initiatives like the Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) and the National Engagement Strategy (NES) as channels to influence and enhance the dialogue. It is the argument for discussion that, taking back the discussion to the community and in particular women and youth will ensure conviction of assessing progresses and find direction that people want and contribute to Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will finally enhance achieving socio-economic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by all.