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To support the government of Uganda’s efforts to lay the groundwork for rural development and stability by strengthening communal and smallholders rights to land, with a special emphasis on strengthening women’s land rights.
Since the end of the civil war with the Lord’s Resistance Army in 2008, the government of Uganda has embarked on an ambitious plan to establish a legal infrastructure that supports women’s and communities’ rights to land.
As the government of Uganda moves to close camps for internally displaced people, many women are left with nowhere to go and no land to rely on to support themselves and their children – having lost their husbands, fathers, or brothers during the war.
Through this project, Landesa and our Ugandan partners, Women and Rural Development Network (WORUDET) and Associates in Research Uganda (ARD) have developed and refined a model for strengthening women’s land rights under customary land tenure systems. The model trains women in rural communities to establish women’s groups and act as facilitators for the women in their group. The facilitators help educate and equip the women in their group with an understanding of their land rights and the skills they need to advocate for their own land rights. Working together, the women’s groups identify possible avenues for negotiating for secure land rights, both legally and within their customary system. This project began in 2010.
With the adoption of the Uganda National Land Policy (NLP) in 2013, the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development (MLHUD) asked Landesa staff to build on past work in the country to assist in the implementation of the NLP. With support from the Ford Foundation, Landesa lawyers reviewed and provided technical feedback on the NLP implementation action plan, developed a logical framework for policy implementation and capacity development for the next three years of activities, and assisted in development of a NLP implementation strategy for donors to highlight opportunities in the donor and development community to participate in the NLP. September 2014 to March 2015.
Landesa helped design and implement a project targeting sustainable resource utilization in post-conflict Northern Uganda. Landesa facilitated negotiations between industry, local government, international NGOs, and community representatives for land use and development plans, technical training and capacity building, and establishment and management of local teams for project implementation. March to July 2008.
Partnered with the government of Uganda, Landesa led a team in fieldwork, monitoring, and evaluation activities aimed at determining the extent to which recent Ugandan legal land and agricultural reform has affected three key areas: (1) women’s and orphan’s rights and access to land and housing; (2) common property regimes; and (3) land markets, land fragmentation, and land consolidation. The government of Uganda used the analysis to guide implementation of the country’s new Land Act. October 2001 to 2002.