The Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL) is a network of Civil Society Organizations working and advocating for equitable land tenure, policies and management in Ghana.
CICOL have been in existence since November 2007. We are registered with the Registrar General Department in October 2008 with the Department of the Reforms Social Welfare in February 2009 with registration number 3936.
Our basic approach is to work with members in achieving the ultimate goals of the coalition . The coalition general meeting (GM) which constitutes all CICOL members meets at least once a year and is the highest decision making body and responsible for adopting policy campaigns, accepting new members and approving annual budgets.
Core Values and Principles
CICOL works on values and principles that,
RECOGNIZING insecurity of land tenure contributes to the decline in agriculture production and subsequent increases poverty, there is the need for including the voice of those most affected into the debate on land to ensure that the root causes of these are addressed .
APPRECIATING if knowledge and experience from different organizations is put together in one forum is stronger than any one organization.
AWARE that there is the need for civil society to complement governments efforts at formulating and implementing an equitable and fair national land policy without duplication in our work.
CONCERNED that civil society organizations (CSO) working to promote secure and equitable distribution of land have been unable to speak with one voice and act collectively to influence land related policies in Ghana.
CONCEDING that Government has not been able to identify an effective focal point within civil society for engagement on land related issues.
The decision making body in the Coalition and is responsible for adopting policy campaigns, accepting new members and approving annual budgets.
Goal and Strategic Objectives
The overall goal is to have a strong and dynamic civil society movement able to influence the land reform process and land administration in Ghana.
CICOL seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- Facilitate the provision of collective voice for advocacy on Land policies and practices;
- Serve as a forum for learning and sharing among members;
- Serve as a platform for engagement among NGO’s development partners and civil society organizations that share the vision and objective of the coalition;
- Serve as a platform for civil society organizations to engage with the public on Land issues;
- Strengthen the capacity of member organizations towards the realization of CICOL’s contribution to land administration reforms in Ghana.
- Policy Dialogue and Advocacy
CICOL will play the lead role in lobbying government to recognize the potential contribution of the civil society to national development and therefore the need to make civil society a major partner in the implementation of the land policy through the land administration project .To facilitate this, CICOL will initiate sustainable mechanisms o support an ongoing process of monitoring, dialogue and feedback with regards to the implementation of the land policy to ensure that the interest of the poor and marginalized land users are adequately represented. Such mechanisms will include district and regional level fora.
- Capacity Building and Knowledge Management
The coalition will strengthen the capacity of member organizations towards the realization of CICOL’s concentration to the land administration reforms in Ghana. Members of various committees will also undergo training on land tenure and rights, advocacy strategies, research and documentation, and participatory monitoring and evaluation strategies.
As part of the advocacy strategy, CICOL will also build capacity of women and other marginalized stakeholders to engage in regional consultation processes organized by LAP.
The network identified five main themes as its special commitment.
- Communication, Documentation, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation ;
- Policy and Research Standing Committees;
- Traditional Land Administration Reform Committee ;
- Resource Mobilization Standing Committee
- Gender Committee
These committees will undertake research periodically to provide the network with the requisite information and resources needed to be able to undertake its mandate.
Media Awareness Campaign
Media campaigns will be carried out targeting all land users, land owners and all land sector stakeholders to understand the land policies in Ghana. Various communication channels will be used ; appropriate material for target audience shall be designed and produced. Radio plugs and programme printed materials such as flyers, pamphlets and posters which are appropriate , shall be produced as primary material for distribution.
Partnership and Participatory Monitoring
CICOL will forge strategic partnership as conduit for policy advocacy . We share information on land issues and provide an opportunity for collaborative policy dialogue . CICOL will create space for broad and inclusive social dialogue at all levels and strategically and pro-actively work to identify with its members and the need for coalition and partnership around specific issues and support their formations.