On 9 October, notaries Abdoulaye Harrissou and Didier Nourissat spoke to the European Parliament's Development Committee. The theme of the hearing was 'Guaranteeing sustainable land security in developing countries'.
The two notaries spoke to the group of around 50 people about the different forms of land ownership in developing countries, with a focus on Africa. They also discussed the Simplified Secure Title (SST). The speed with which the SST is issued, its simplicity and the low costs involved caught the attention of the MEPs at the hearing.
When asked by MEP Thijs Berman (S&D, NL) what specific political action he would ask the European Union to take, Mr Nourissat suggested that EU representatives on the ground give greater attention to the land issue and that they be real intermediaries for carrying the reforms forward. Mr Harissou suggested that the European Union make land security a condition for EU development aid. Several MEPs found this idea of a human rights-based approach interesting, although they recongised that it would be complicated.