Policy Advocacy

ULA works to influence legal and policy processes towards a more equitable distribution of land access and ownership, and greater tenure security for the vulnerable groups.  It is currently engaged in lobbying for law reforms to ensure that issues of women stand out in the laws and policies. It also seeks to influence central and local governments on principles of good governance in land administration and empower citizens to participate in decision making processes on land.

National Land Policy

ULA played a key role, through the National Land Policy Technical Working Group, in drafting the policy and ensuring comprehensive coverage of all land issues in the country. The Land Policy was gazetted on August 30, 2013 by the Minister of Lands following its approval by cabinet early this year. Work on the policy spanned over eight years.

Harmonisation of formal and informal judicial systems

ULA is currently involved in dialogues with government agencies to explore ways of harmonising the traditional and modern land justice systems to ensure access to quality justice for all. Dialogues involve the Justice, Law and Order Sector, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, High Court Land Division, Parliament, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Antiquities.

Amending the Succession Act

We are at the centre of dialogues to amend the Succession Act so as to provide for equality of both women and men, girls and boys as regards rights over estates of their deceased relatives. Current laws and practices make property inheritance a nightmare for women and girls.

Pastoralism

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ULA\r\nhas for the past five years been working towards the guarantee of tenure\r\nsecurity for pastoralist Lands. Among the successes are the provisions now\r\nenshrined in the National Land Policy which take cognizance of pastoralism as a\r\nproduction system and therefore that ownership in communality must be harnessed\r\nand upheld.

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ULA is engaging\r\ngovernment agencies in pursuance of increased responsiveness of regional and national\r\npolicies and processes to pastoralist livelihoods and needs in Uganda. It is also undertaking various activities to influence\r\nthe regional Economic Community and African Union entities to ensure that\r\npastoralism concerns are taken into account particularly in the newly\r\ninaugurated East African Common Markets and domesticated at national level. We\r\nshall work to influence the implementation of relevant sections of the National\r\nLand Policy on pastoralism.

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