Country Benin
Region World wide
Duration Start 1 July, 2023 till 31 December, 2024
Field of expertise Building More Effective Public Administration
Policy field(s) Cadastre
Partners MDF, Management for Development Foundation Ede
Kadaster International
Funding Royal Netherlands Embassy in Benin
Project code 11471
The issue of securing land tenure, including the efficient and secure management of land transactions, remains a major concern for Benin and is therefore at the heart of Benin's development policy and reforms. In response to this, the main objective of the project Preparing the scaling up of the national land register (PPMEC) is to contributes to the security of land tenure for all parts of Benin's population and to the promotion of private investment. This will be achieved through the scale up of the digital land register throughout the country, based on the model implemented in the 12 pilot-communes during the Land Administration Modernization Project (PMAF), implemented from 2018 till 2023. The project aims therefore to capitalize the achievements of PMAF by providing support to the Beninese Agence Nationale du Domaine et du Foncier (ANDF) as a manager of the e-cadastral system (eFB) in its role of maintenance and development of a Land Information System adapted to Benin's needs, in a sustainable manner. Particular emphasis is placed on the capacity strengthening of all stakeholders involved in the Land Administration chain to achieve the specific objective of making them operationally ready and efficient in the view of the Cadastre scaling up.

The project facilitates the realization of the Beninese government's ambition to create a land registry covering the whole country and proposes the collection of data on both property rights (land titles) and presumed property rights, according to the National Land Registry Plan (PNC) which will be developed by ANDF with support from the partners of the project. Important aspects are ensuring the capacity strengthening of the communes, notaries and geometers so that they can play an effective role in updating cadastral data in their communes, as well as bridging the gaps between expectations from local communities and services offered by central government. The project will do so by supporting civil society actors to advocate for the interests of vulnerable groups, ensuring that their specific needs will concretely be taken into account in the government's land registration policies.

The expected results of the project are:
A. ANDF is able to manage, maintain and develop e-FB, adapted to Benin's needs, in a sustainable manner.
B. The communes, notaries and surveyors play an effective role in updating cadastral data in the 12 communes
C. The competent national authorities take decisions on the legal and institutional arrangements required for scaling up the national cadastre
D. Civil society actors take better account of the interests of vulnerable groups when updating cadastral data.