We develop new solutions using a communal land association model...
We develop new solutions using a communal land association model...
We support the evolution of customary norms and tenure arrangements...
We explore the local value chains beyond existing community frontiers...
We integrate modern techniques into indigenous production systems...
We promote continuous discovery and responsible use of resources...
Though cognisant of the centrality and critical importance of land governance in community development, we look forward to promoting a broader and positive approach that focuses on innovative local solutions and inclusive value chains with inter-linkages across sectors.
We premise our change theory on the major understanding that land is the most socially emotive, culturally sensitive, politically volatile and economically central resource across all communities - posing very complex challenges in tenure security, household income and food systems.
We integrate a community enterprise model into strategic programme management while working with communal land associations to achieve impact-oriented results that facilitate synergies with government structures, civil society and other formal or informal sectors.
Covered: 2,513 ha
Targeted: 2,513,000 ha
We design our initiatives in a way that makes a contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development particularly focusing on land-related targets and indicators under SDGs 1, 2, 5, 11 and 15. Like many other development actors we are committed to fully implementing the SDGs in their totality but the land-related indicators provide a useful guide in our work so as to relevantly promote responsible land governance ...considering that land is a significant resource, both cross-cutting and critical to generally achieving all the sustainable development goals.
By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Undertake reforms (including customary tenure arrangements) to give women equal rights to economic resources (similar to their male counterparts), as well as access to, ownership of and control over (agricultural) land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing (with sufficient-living area that is not overcrowded, reliable construction material, and security of tenure) and basic services (with major focus on access to safe water, access to improved sanitation facilities, access to basic healthcare and education) and upgrade slums.
By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation (especially among the less developing communities) and (strengthen the) capacity (of their local population and key stakeholders) for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management (with major emphasis on ensuring efficient land consumption) in all countries.
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces (that are properly designed, well-managed and planned at different scales to enhance community cohesion, civic identity, quality of life, and environmental sustainability), in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements (so as to ensure social, economic and environmental stability for the well-being of future generations).
By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally (by ensuring the extension of forest area as well as enforcing the protection and maintenance of biodiversity, natural and associated cultural resources).
By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world (by addressing pressures from food producers and demands from industries that are stressing arable lands, pastures, and other essential areas causing land cover change).
Many reforms in governance of communal land in Africa have been designed to enhance economic growth in pursuance of increased tenure security and eventually catalyse productivity among the smallholders.
But the impact of these outcomes on family livelihood and other socio-cultural values has increasingly come under scrutiny mostly in critique of the strong emphasis put on formal registration of communal land rights.
Similarly, limitations have been experienced due to administrative and resource constraints, overlap of institutional mandates, resistance by those affected, inequitable rights allocation, and emerging gender concerns.
The dynamics in many local communities equally present hurdles during and after formal registration, but the major issue is how to devise fit-for-purpose arrangements that recognise and secure communal land rights.
It is evident that communal land ownership is a complex system which involves individual and family land use rights, community user rights, as well as several other secondary entitlements and interests not easy to govern.
Nonetheless, it is the most potentially viable economic resource today.
Chairperson, CLA Managing Committee
Member, District Land Board
Commissioner, Ministry of Lands
Member, Kotido Elders Council
"Land disputes and conflicts have become part of the definition of contemporary Uganda. Trans-state boundary disputes, inter-district boundary disputes and conflicts, hot spots of ethnic land conflicts, and conflicts between pastoralists and agriculturalists are all on the rise. Evictions on registered land between owners and the occupants are also on the rise. Efforts by government agencies to conserve vital ecosystems have resulted in violent conflicts that are sometimes fatal as they wrestle enchroachment in protected areas. The capacity of the Ministry responsible for land; the Justice, Law and Order Sector; administrators in the districts and politicians to tackle land conflicts is overstretched. Attempts by the Land (Amendment) Act 2010, to criminalise eviction of tenants are yet to bear effect because implementation is in its infancy. Devising a comprehensive, legitimate, accessible and cost-effective framework to tackle the root and structural causes of conflicts, disputes and frictions arising from unjust actions in the past is a prime challenge in tackling uncertainty and insecurity over land rights."
(extract from the Uganda National Land Policy, 2013)