Land Rights

Land project; Deepening property right rights for indigenous communities holding land under customary land tenure system in Northern Uganda

This project is based in Acholi Land which is found in the northern part of Uganda. The northern part of Uganda has a customary tenure system in which Land is owned customarily. Owing to the weak laws that given the customary tenure system in Uganda, and the insurgency in the north, many individuals and district officials took advantage and sold off the land to land grabbers. When the people returned from the camps they found that their land had been taken over and they had no homes to live in or land to carry out any farming activities. These authorities that were meant to preserve the status quo during this period abused their authority and engaged in wide spread land grab and this has led to increase in land disputes. As a response strategy, we have using the knowledge of the law run a project that aims at corporatizing the clan to enable them protect their land. We assisted the Bwobo clan to form a trust and using that trust model they were able to file a suit with our legal aid services against the land grabbers. We intend to replicate these models with two other clans; the Puranga and Lamogi Clan.


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