LWF Angola is the longest serving international NGO in the country since establishing relief operations in 1986.

Since the 27-year civil war ended in 2002, the people of Angola have worked to rebuild their nation and resettle close to five million people who fled the conflict. While peace over the past decade has set the scene for development at the country level, LWF’s priority in eastern Angola is helping  the most vulnerable realize their most basic rights.

We are also responding to the DRC Kasai refugee crisis in the Lunda Norte province. In the south, we are helping the rural communities and people at risk to build their resilience to climate change impact which until now affects more than 1 million people.

In the past years, LWF’s support to Angola has transitioned to a long term development program focusing mainly on integrated rural development, land rights and human rights through the UN Universal Periodic Review mechanisms. The new country strategy from 2019-2024 will focus on the three programmatic areas: Livelihoods, Quality Services, and Protection and Social Cohesion.

Rebuilding and land rights

With the diversification of the Angolan economy, large land occupation is becoming a growing threat in Moxico province, in Eastern Angola. LWF has been supporting 32 villages to raise their awareness on land laws and accompany them in registering their farmers’ association lands as well as community land. LWF is following-up on cases of land conflicts, providing support to the communities and enhancing their means of getting their voice heard, up to the national level where needed. LWF has  also started to play a crucial role in bringing together civil society organizations working on land issues to articulate their voice and work more closely with the relevant Ministries to bring about policy reforms and an effective implementation of the land laws for the benefit of communities.

One of the most promising aspects of the LWF’s work is the long-term success found in creating village development committees.

Starting in 2006 – when no committees existed at the village level in LWF areas – we began working to organize communities to take responsibility for their own livelihoods and food security. We facilitate opportunities for farmers’ associations to access government micro-credit schemes and agricultural resources by creating connections between village committees and the local government. In addition, we train communities in new farming techniques, vegetable gardening, and small business practices. We also combine this effort with literacy training and are proud that the majority of our literacy students are women.

In 2015, the LWF introduced a new community empowerment project focusing on safeguarding land rights - an important precondition for food security. In an attempt to resolve long-standing land issues in Angola resulting still from the country's colonial legacy, Angola enacted a new land law in 2004. More than 10 years later, the impact of the land is yet to be seen on the ground. Increased interest for agricultural land has complicated the situation for local communities, whose land largely remains subject to customary laws. LWF has started a project with communities in Moxico province, supporting people in the following areas:

  • awareness raising on land rights
  • women's empowerment
  • land registration and certification
  • community building through village development committees

Update 14.1.2020


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