1. Reports

Fighting the wrong battles?

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Towards a new paradigm in the struggle for women’s land rights in Uganda. Gender equality: a liberation struggle or a colonial imposition? Gender equality vs. Traditional culture. Women’s land rights in traditional culture.


Mainstreaming Gender and HIV/AIDS Issues into the Draft National Land Policy

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This study was commissioned by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development with funding from Irish Aid, through the Embassy of Ireland in Uganda. The views expressed in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Ministry or Irish Aid. One of the key challenges of Uganda’s NLP policy is ensuring that the interests of the marginalised groups are taken into consideration. Some of the  marginalised groups include women, the poor, the sick and particularly those inflicted with the HIV/AIDS.


Drafting National Land Policy Sep 2008

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Despite the existence of constitutional and legal frameworks brought about by the 1995 Constitution and the Land Act 1998 and other land related laws, a number of land-related challenges have emerged over the years, which must now be squarely confronted in order to foster notable economic development and poverty alleviation.


The Position Paper of LEMU on the National Land Policy – Draft

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A paper presenting specific modifications to paragraphs in plain text, which follow the numbering in the third draft of the National Land Policy. Our suggestions come only from our analysis of what we believe would actually work in the current context in Lango, Teso and Acholi.


Policy Brief 2 – Titling of customary land.

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The Ugandan Government is convinced that only by giving everyone titles to their land will people have security of tenure, and it is investing everything in pushing this through. However, this policy is based on ignorance about how customary tenure actually works, and about some dangerously false assumptions about what happens when ownership of land moves from one tenure system to another. Violence and conflict have already been the result: this brief looks at less conflictual options to achieve the same goals and ensure that rights are protected.


Policy Brief 5. How can we minimise land conflicts in Teso?

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Few people have title to their land, so most people have never surveyed their land. This means the land is not marked with official stones and there is no map with the land registry. As a result, many land conflicts can arise when people argue about where the borders of each plot are – where one person’s land ends and another’s begins.


Land transactions in land under customary tenure in Teso. January 2007

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Customary land law and vulnerability of land rights in Eastern Uganda. This study is intended to investigate how customary tenure is currently working in eastern Uganda, amongst the Teso and Kumam people. Specifically, the research was to understand land rights under customary tenure in Teso, and the actual situation regarding land transactions and land administration of customarily owned land.


Land rights in Uganda: Where we are and where we need to go?

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A review of the situation of land rights in Apac District in Uganda, and of opportunities for land rights protection work, based on the work of LEMU in 2003-4. LEMU has used the understanding gained through empirical research to analyse policy and make recommendations to a variety of actors. This analysis is contained in a series of policy briefs and information packs which continue to be produced. These are aimed at a variety of audiences – some are to help influence Government policy, others are guidance for village or clan institutions.