Activities

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Social and downward accountability was introduced as a key component of\r\nthe community mapping project through the use of the ground truthing model in\r\nwhich the communities together with their leaders both political, NGOs and\r\ncultural leaders, examine their own resources and services provided and decide\r\nwhat their needs are and determine whether implemented projects or services\r\nsatisfied their needs or not. The impact of social and downward accountability\r\nspread quickly throughout the region, the key result of this initiative being\r\nthe ability of the Karamojong to raise a collective voice challenging land\r\ngrabbing and illegal land acquisitions in their region. The Minister of\r\nKaramoja Affairs who is also the first Lady engaged in discussions with the Uganda\r\nWildlife Authority over the degazzettement of some of the lands that were\r\nwildlife hunting areas and are not in use for that purpose any more to pave way\r\nfor human settlement.

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For common lands, the\r\ncentre working through the traditional leadership has formed 17 Communal Land\r\nAssociations (CLAs): 7 in Moroto and 7 in Napak districts. CLA Executive\r\ncommittees set guidelines for their management. They have promoted the role of\r\nwomen in land administration through making up a third of each executive\r\ncommittee of the CLAs formed and having mapped land in their own names\r\nevidenced by their ownership of 18 parcels in the pilot area.  With the support of GLTN – UNHABITAT, the Social\r\nTenure Domain Model is applied to capture data for communal land holdings.

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