WANTED: Young Visionaries to Tackle Land Corruption | Land Portal
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We are looking for young people with new ideas and fresh perspectives.

If you have a passion for innovation, the ability to devise new solutions to old problems, and a willingness to challenge the established orthodoxy, then we want to hear from you.

Who are we?  We are Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption.  From villages in rural Africa to the corridors of power in Brussels, we give voice to the men and women affected by corruption.  Our global movement has just one vision: we want a world free of corruption.

We believe that young people in Africa have the potential to create new and exciting changes in their communities but are prevented from pursuing their dreams by corruption.  We want to engage a new generation of changemakers – those with the ability to devise agile solutions to intractable problems together with an unwavering determination to do good in this world – to help us hold governments and powerful people to account.

In response, we have launched a competition to identify young people with an instinct for innovation and the drive to tackle corruption.  If that sounds like you, we need your help in addressing the malign presence of land corruption in Africa.  Simply complete the application form to share your ideas with us.

If your idea is selected, you will:

  • participate in a workshop where you will learn from and network with international anti-corruption experts, land activists, youth engagement experts and like-minded peers;
  • receive individualised support to perfect your idea;
  • gain exposure for your ideas through Transparency International’s social media channels and blog platforms;
  • work with subject experts, peers and our national chapters to bring your idea into action!

So what do we need from you?  Well, we are looking for young people who are committed to tackling land corruption in real and tangible ways, so we need to make sure that you fit that profile.  To help us identify the sharpest minds with the hottest new ideas, we are asking that you carefully and thoughtfully complete the application form to address the following questions:

  • Which aspect of land corruption do you intend to tackle?
  • What is your idea for addressing this issue?
  • What is new and innovative about your idea?
  • What is your experience of land corruption issues or anti-corruption actions more broadly?
  • Why do you care about land corruption and its effects on young people in Africa?

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • attend a workshop for three days during the first week of December 2018 (travel, accommodation and meals expenses will be provided);
  • work with us to improve and develop and your ideas into a SMART (Specific/Measurable/Achievable/Relevant/Time-bound) proposal;
  • engage with Transparency International’s national chapters (around the world) to explore how to make your idea work!
  • What are the terms and conditions?

To be eligible for this competition, you must be aged between 18 and 35 (at the time of application) and living (permanently) in sub-Saharan Africa.

To be eligible for this competition, you do not need experience as we welcome all good ideas!  We are, however, particularly keen to receive applications from young people who are already fighting corruption in Africa and from those related disciplines.

If you meet these eligibility criteria, and you have an excellent idea for combatting land corruption, send us your application today.  Together we can disrupt corrupt systems and help bring opportunities and prosperity to all young people.

CLICK HERE to complete the application form

The deadline to apply is 31 October 2018.

Applicants will be notified if they are successful by 13 November 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns about this application, please send us an email.

For press enquiries, please contact our press team.



So what is land corruption?  Put simply, land corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain within land administration and management.

Opaque agreements and dodgy deals between investors and authorities is a form of land corruption that harms the interests of communities around the world.  When land administration officials demand bribes in return for services – such as registering a plot of land – it is land corruption.  In some cases, sexual services are sought as the currency of bribery; a phenomenon known as sexual extortion or ‘sextortion’.

Urban planning is frequently unaccountable to citizens and decisions are made without adequate transparency, leaving the door wide open to corrupt practices.  In many communities, customary laws provide cover for corruption that denies land rights to women and minorities.

All forms of land corruption have one thing in common: they hit poor and marginalised people hardest.  In Africa, land corruption affects 50% of the population.  So, while you may not have heard of ‘land corruption’ before, it is a grave and widespread issue which must be overcome now.

Why the focus on youth?  Well, land corruption disproportionately affects young people across Africa.  For young people, land corruption can rob them of entrepreneurial opportunities, denying local communities new and innovative ventures and weakening local economies.  It can also further exacerbate high levels of rural-urban migration, where young people, unable to access land-based opportunities are forced to move to urban areas in search of employment.

Young populations in sub-Saharan Africa are rising dramatically, yet young people are three times as likely to be unemployed as adults.  As things stand, there are just not enough jobs to meet the demands of the coming generation.  One response has been to place greater emphasis on young people creating their own business opportunities.

Agricultural entrepreneurship is one area that has received support from African governments, to address both unemployment and food insecurity.  Creating agricultural businesses in rural areas is believed to encourage young people to remain in rural areas as well as increasing agricultural production.  However, if entrepreneurial activities are to provide a sustainable livelihood for young people – whether it be for agricultural production, industry, office space or housing – they need to be able to access land.

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Women, Land and Corruption. Resources for Practitioners and Policy-Makers
Corruption in the Land Sector: Working Paper
Investigating Land and Corruption in Africa – A Training Manuel for Journalists
Gender-responsive work on land and corruption: a practical guide


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