Activities

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Kotido LRIC handles the legal aspects including training traditional\r\nland administration institutions and offering provisions for legitimizing their\r\noperations through formation of communal land associations with women forming\r\none third of members for communal ownership of customary land. This has\r\nresulted into formation of 31 Communal Land Associations (CLAs) in the two\r\ndistricts of operation: 15 in Kotido and 16 in Kaabong. CLAs handle disputes arising from the community, mediate where\r\nparties are willing to resolve the disputes amicably or refer cases to court\r\nwhere the Legal officer represents those that cannot afford to pay for court\r\nrepresentation.

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The centre places emphasis on womenĄŻs participation in land\r\nadministration evidenced by the presence of women on executive committees of\r\nthe communal land associations, Area Land Committees and as community\r\nvolunteers trained to reach out to their communities. Deliberate efforts are\r\nmade to ensure that women participate meaningfully in the land rights\r\ndiscourse.

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Central to the work of the centre is the sustainable management of\r\ncommon property resources. The Centre works closely with the Council of Elders in\r\nKotido and Kaabong districts and the communal land associations formed to\r\nidentify common lands within each community and set up guidelines on their\r\nmanagement to ensure their sustainable utilization. The Centre liaises with\r\nother civil society organizations which mainly deal with livelihoods to\r\nidentify issues of resource management for which a concerted effort is made to\r\naddress them.

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