We develop the communal land associations into social enterprises that
inspire locally-emerging artistries and business streams
The majority of land-related efforts in the past decades have largely focused on securing ownership rights with less focus on enhancing economic productivity and commercial competitiveness on communally-owned land. The advent of the 21st century, gave birth to a global effort to implement universaly agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, reducing income inequalities, encouraging investment in marginal communities, among other development priorities. Similarly, the community development actors established innovative enterprises that use business methods to address social, environmental, and/or cultural issues. The resulting model is a social enterprise which needs to have a consistent framework to ensure long term sustainability.
In Uganda, a communal land association may be formed by any group of persons as a community-driven establishment guided by the Land Act for any purpose connected with shared ownership and management of land, whether under customary law or otherwise. We support these groups to develop and implement innovative local solutions to their socio-cultural needs, economic demands and environmental concerns through schemes that can effectively generate return from land and natural resources set aside for common use. These groups have been largely formed among sub clans who have a common lineage and are governed by an elected managing committee through people-centred arrangements to achieve an agreed set of objectives.
These groups face a growing demand for needs-tailored solutions that can innovatively transform local knowledge, human capital, and natural resources into marketable products beyond existing community frontiers thereby turning the traditional supply chains into integrated value chains. We support these groups to develop their business model and its other associated metrics in detail. Throughout this process, the managing committees and group members are engaged to better articulate their business idea(s). They identify their value chains, customer acquisition methods, partner relations, clear market development plans, etc so as to generate the needed level and type of impact from locally-emerging artistries and existing/new business in productive sectors.
The overlap between impact and business modelling is considered our most critical concern. It is the rationale on which we essentially base the problem statement, the customer value proposition, and validation of products/services. We hold the assumption that these complementarities enable the business to grow to scale and need to generate returns for investors, entrepreneurs, and third sectors alike. Therefore, we facilitate negotiation for emoluments, lease agreements, concessions, royalties, co-financing, and return on investment either as social impact, financial returns or a combination. The additional technical assistance we provide to communal land associations beyond their formation process includes business ideation relating to strategic goals and process design, investment readiness and funding access, as well as due diligence, mentor matching, and networking opportunities with investors.