Power & Vulnerability in Land Dispute Resolution

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Experience reveals two types of land disputes prevalent in postwar northern Uganda: cases that involve a legitimate cause of action and those that do not. 1 Since mediation and alternative forms of dispute resolution rely on parties’ willingness to negotiate in good faith, cases featuring ‘bad faith’ and land grabbing—where powerful parties intentionally exploit another […]


Examining the A­‐D‐R‐tistry of Land Dispute Mediators in Northern Uganda

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Land wrangles are astoninshingly common in Uganda today, with disputes over customary land – recent studies show – on the rise. NGOs and community actors have begun offering Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] services, and the gravity and significance of this daily work cannot be overstated. Yet most land dispute mediations in Uganda today go unrecorded […]


Can Wetland User Permits Co-exist with Traditional Wetland Use?

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IMPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITIES Both the State and local communities have important roles to play in the realistic and effective management of Uganda’s wetlands. Neither can manage without the other. Wetlands are a vital part of Uganda’s geography and constitute a key resource for development, with many ecological functions and socio-economic benefits to the community. The […]


Community Land Justice In Uganda: Towards Meaningful Harmonisation

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Under customary tenure, land is held either by individuals, families, or communities. The Land Act (1998) provides ways in which communal land owners may register their interest and obtain documented proof of ownership. The Act does not, however, provide a systematic dispute resolution structure for communal land. Although the 2013 National Land Policy mentions harmonizing […]


What assumptions are made when communal land registration is promoted?

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In its Community Land Protection Project (CLPP), LEMU sought to bring communities from a status quo of post-displacement disengagement through a process of reliable registration, constitution drafting, and vibrant community land and natural resource management. This paper shares lessons learnt in the implementation of the CLPP.


Is the clan justice system ready to assume a greater role in land administration, as provided for in the 2013 Uganda National Land Policy?

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The 2013 Uganda National Land Policy seeks to “recognize and harmonize the traditional customary system with the formal statutory system in land administration”, and restructure the land administration system to “enable traditional customary institutions to operate as the tiers of first instance in respect of land held under customary tenure”. The time has therefore come […]


Securing Women’s Land Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa

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Report on a CPA-UK Lecture, February 2012 involving Simon Levine of LEMU. There is a need to treat the system as a whole to ensure human rights are provided to the weak, and that through this process it will be possible to generate a positive change for women.