Africa Regional Network



Author: Chair of FIG Africa Regional Network and FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie


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This publication presents the aim and objectives of the Africa FIG Regional Capacity Development Network over an 8 year period, with a focus on the activities undertaken during 2015–2018.

The Africa FIG Regional Network (ARN) was established 2014 as a continuation of the Africa Task Force (2008–2014) in order to build on the success of providing a participatory platform for capacity development and engagement within the Africa land professional community, and with an aim of contributing to meeting the key challenges of poverty alleviation, economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The ARN mission relates to building a strong and successful network, recognising collaborative learning, and providing an adaptive template for African land professionals to become influential agents of change.

Dr. Diane Dumashie (RICS, United Kingdom) has chaired the ARN, led and organised its activities. Supported by members of the Steering Group, the work has been guided by a Strategy Framework 2015–2018 (Appendix A).

This publication represents the overall vision and mission of the ARN as well as the outcome of the three workshop activities over the period 2015- 2018. African member associations collaborated with the ARN to deliver three workshops. Each of the workshops focused on a specific theme relating to the future challenges of Africa land professional community. In this regard, the Regional Capacity Network and FIG Council are grateful for and appreciates the logistical support provided during 2015–17 by the three FIG Member hosts: Kenya Institution of Surveyors, De L’Ordre des Geometres- Experts de Cote d’Ivore / Fédération des Géomètres Francophones and INES-Ruhengeri Institute of Applied Science

FIG wants to convey our sincere thanks to Dr. Diane Dumashie for her leadership and to the ARN Steering Group for their efforts in realizing the objectives and purpose of the ARN over 2015–2018. Finally, we acknowledge and sincerely thank the inspiration and efforts of the participants of the workshops that ensured the success through their enthusiastic and active participation.

 On behalf of FIG Council, our sincere thanks to all who participated, contributed, supported and encouraged the work of this Africa Regional Network.

Chryssy Potsiou Diane Dumashie
FIG President (2015-2018) FIG Vice President (2015-2022)



The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Africa Regional Network leads professionals’ prosperity across Africa by helping land professionals to build their capacity to become meaningfully engaged in societal development.

This publication overviews the development of the network since its inception in 2009 to the present day and the vision beyond. It highlights how the Africa FIG Regional Network (ARN) has successfully overcome the challenges of bringing together, land professionals from across the African continent to work and to share knowledge, discuss technological changes and build and increase their professional skills.

FIG established an African Regional Capacity Network emanating from the four-year intervention program, the Africa Task Force (ATF 2009–2014). Amongst other things the ARN was asked to deliver a clear direction for African member associations and African land professionals on the international stage. The ARN enables a platform that has a mainstreaming strategy to ensure that strategic stakeholder groups are fully involved including young professionals, Anglo and Franco-phone land professionals as well as the main cohort of Membership Associations.

The Africa FIG Regional Network is a platform with a flexible approach and able to respond to global trends, change and opportunities. It heralds a new type of relationship between the Member Association and their respective regions. The ARN thereby offers the opportunity for big picture thinking which transcends administrative boundaries and is a way of building a more prosperous and dynamic profession. (See FIG web site

The outcome and result of the network over the past 8 years has enabled the model to act as a template for other FIG member associations and land professionals in other global regions, and accordingly in 2016 the FIG Regional Capacity Network was pleased to include the Asia Pacific Region.

This is a journey of a successful network of land professionals teaching each other; but also learning from each other and importantly learning to collaborate across the generations that are now found in the workplace. The ARN has set a new trend in networking and collaboration that is predicated upon sharing, and commitments and providing the basis of how our future young generation will be involved in the African profession.

How this has been achieved is overviewed according to key milestones in the evolution of the network: First, the network’s beginning is presented next, a growing regional focus, this is followed by the salient point’s arising from the ARN workshop during 2015–17. Then some reflections are presented on how the ARN has managed to deliver success, and finally some observations on the future of the ARN into the next FIG term 2019+.

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Published in English
Copenhagen, Denmark
ISSN 1018-6530 (printed)
ISSN 2311-8423 (pdf)
ISBN 978-87-92853-74-5 (printed)
ISBN 978-87-92853-75-2 (pdf)
This publication is written by Dr. Diane Dumashie, chair of Africa FIG Regional Network
Editors: Dr. Diane Dumashie and Prof. Stig Enemark
Layout: Lagarto

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Africa Regional Network 2015-2018

Published in English
Published by The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), October 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark
ISSN 1018-6530 (printed)
ISSN 2311-8423 (pdf)
ISBN 978-87-92853-74-5 (printed)
ISBN 978-87-92853-75-2 (pdf)