FIG Africa Task Force

FIG Africa Taskforce

The Task Force was established at the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, May 2009. The term of this Task Force was exceptionally 2009-2014. The task force ended its work in 2014 and hand meanwhile undertaken several seminars, reports and finally a FIG publication summarising the work and the outcome of the task force.


The key purpose of the FIG Africa Task Force was to enable the surveying profession in Sub-Saharan Africa to deal with social responsibilities in terms of contributing to achieving the MDGs, as articulated in the Terms of Reference (Appendix A). In this regard, the role of the surveyors as change agents engaging with politicians and local communities is of key importance. This relates to the professional status of surveyors that, in turn, is based on the principles of social responsibility and justice. The task force considered and presented new and creative tools to revitalise and strengthen members and their organisations within Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus has been be on building the capacity of the surveying organisations and individual surveyors to act as agents of positive change and encourage the process of development and growth for the benefit of Africa and its people.

The philosophy behind the FIG Africa Task Force has been to empower leading professionals of the surveying profession in Sub-Saharan Africa to take ownership of this agenda and to act as agents of change. This objective has been pursued through a process of participatory development of various methods and tools as presented in the Workshop Manual 2010–2014 (Appendix B). Ultimately, the task force activities should be seen as a capacity development process. In this context, the FIG Africa Task Force activities and outcomes aimed to share and apply knowledge and understanding, and to enable the workshop participants to take on a role of leadership in relation to meeting the MDGs, where each workshop echoed specific MDG themes.

ATF Workshop Elmina, Ghana 2012

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Participants at the ATF Workshop in Elmina

The Final African Task Force Workshop was held at Coconut Grove Conference Hotel & Suite, Elmina, Ghana, 22 - 23 October 2012.

ATF Workshop Cape Town, South Africa 2011

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Participants at the Cape Town Workshop

The 2011 ATF Workshop was held in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by FIG Partners:

- The South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO) and
- Geomatics department of the University of Cape Town.

ATF Workshop Mombasa, Kenya 2010

The 2010 ATF workshop held in Mombasa, Kenya hosted by the Institute of Kenya Surveyors (ISK.)

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Participants of the ATF Workshop

FIG African Task Force held its first Africa Task Force Workshop in Mombasa in cooperation with the Institute of Surveyors in Kenya (ISK). ISK have demonstrably proved active in Kenya, having been instrumental in taking on the role of advocates with the community in the recent government activity in Land reform on Kenya. Their skills as acting as change agents in Africa will lend itself to the objectives of the Task force in debating and proposing tools for individual land professional members in sub - Saharan Africa.

Pre ATF task force workshop held in Ghana at GHIS Annual Conference 2009

Papers related to the Task Force


Dr. Diane Dumashie, Chair of the Africa Task Force
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