Oil and Gas

In June 2013, ULA started working with civil society organizations in oil rich areas to protect the land rights of communities which will be affected by oil extraction and its related projects. Thousands of households have been or are set to be displaced. ULA works towards increasing focus on land related issues relating to the extractive industry in Uganda to protect the rights of the communities in those areas. This is expected to lead to:

  • Improved awareness on land rights for communities living in areas rich in minerals resulting into reduced abuse of land rights of communities in the oil region.
  • Increased access to information for communities on land laws, specific laws and policies relating to the respective extractives to improve decision making on land transactions in such areas.
  • Increased awareness and improved practice of benefit sharing from proceeds from extractives to ensure communities benefit from natural resources on their land.
  • Increased participation of ULA in discussions on Oil and Gas extraction at both policy and practice level to ensure the land rights of the poor and vulnerable are protected in the decision making processes.

So far, representatives of 28 civil society organisations operating in the target districts of Amuru, Nwoya and Nebbi have been trained advocacy, human rights, environment and policy issues in the oil and gas sector. Through the various training sessions, capacity of CSOs has been built to lead citizens in advocating for good governance of the petroleum sector.

ULA has finalised plans to roll out the project to the districts of Hoima, Bulisa and Kibaale where citizens are in a state of panic over the uncertainty surrounding acquisition of the land they occupy for oil and gas projects.