MC29 B Masterclass for journalists ALPC

Cultural journalists report on events around arts, culture and heritage themes.
When well capacitated, they can become critical partners in increasing public
awareness and knowledge on land governance in Africa.
Such journalistic reportage on matters such as access to land and how it is used,
decisions about the management of competing interests over land,
women's land rights, land disputes, and land-related institutions can advance
inclusive land policies and practices.

By understanding that decisions over land use are intricately connected with
relations of power, ecology, and culture, cultural journalists can broaden
the scope of community debates and invoke perspectives and world views that
protect community interests over land, enhance peaceful co-existence,
address the effects of climate change on sacred zones and heritage sites,
and show how cultural and creative industries can benefit from good land governance practices.

With little capacity in the land governance space, cultural journalists
are restricted from highlighting the reforms being made on land and its resources
on the continent in their reports. Neither are they able to robustly showcase
the role the Africa Land Policy Centre (ALPC) plays in assisting the Member States
to implement the African Union Declaration on Land in Africa.

During the Workshop, journalists will be sensitized on Land Governance for
Safeguarding Africa's Cultural Heritage; Culture and Safeguarding Women's Land Rights;
Cultural Journalism for Good Land Governance; Sensitive Reporting of
Land Related Conflicts in Africa; and Mediating Land Conflicts through
Alternative and Traditional Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, among other topics.
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