Our Vision:

A new world order where land and natural resources are utilised for the benefit of every community

Our strategic foundation

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.

Our theory of change

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.

Our Programme approach

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.

Our mission

To promote inclusive, people-centred and community-driven land governance for sustainable development

Karamoja sub region

This is a semi-arid area with a population of about 965,008 people of whom the majority subsists through (agro)pastoral livelihoods. Over the years, livelihood advances and innovations have been registered but there are still many development challenges to be addressed.

Acholi-Lango sub regions

This area generally has tracts of fertile savannah grassland and a population of about 3,562,464 people who mainly practice agriculture. Many were previously displaced by armed conflict which has now increased the competition over access to land and other natural resources.

Bunyoro sub region

This area is predominantly a tropical savanna lying in the Albertine rift with a population of about 1,203,457 people. It is endowed with a diverse array of ecosystems, natural resources and endemic vertebral species but this also poses conservation and exploration related problems.

$ 300,000

Funds invested

2,513

Hectares covered

50

Associations formed

29,526

Population served

OUR CAUSES

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.

Should we really care about investing in communal land?

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.

FEATURED QUOTES

Recent posts

"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)