Activities

A land demarcation campaign using local structures is currently ongoing in all the sub counties in the district. This is a new initiative that ULA is piloting. Through this campaign, clans and individuals who would like to be supported in the exercise are being registered. This will help to pave way for the acquisition of Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs). During the process for CCOs acquisition, ULA will help to facilitate the traditional leaders and Area Land Committees to inspect land of the interested parties for the certificates. Since the biggest challenge in the district is boundary disputes, ULA anticipates that there will be an influx of disputes at the start of this exercise and a drastic reduction of boundary conflicts upon its conclusion. In terms of guaranteeing tenure security, this traditional method is seen to deliver great success.

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The centre provides legal aid services and alternative dispute\r\nresolution (ADR) in land matters. It implements public awareness campaigns,\r\nadvocacy on key land issues, capacity building to local administration\r\nstructures and government institutions, stakeholder engagement, and\r\nmainstreaming of gender, HIV and AIDS in land rights programs.  

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The LRIC is creating massive awareness through radio talk shows, spot\r\nmessages and community meetings. The awareness sessions are conducted by staff\r\nand paralegals in a coordinated manner. At least three community sessions are\r\nconducted by the LRIC per week and one radio talk show is held every quarter\r\nand sometimes with the involvement of the different stakeholders of the project\r\nother than the ULA staff. The campaign has helped communities especially in\r\nAbongomola, Aduku, Chegere, Ibuje and Apac sub counties to recognize the need\r\nfor land demarcation using local methods thus, reducing land conflicts in program\r\nsub counties compared to the areas where ULA does not work in that district.

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At the core of the Apac Land rights Centre is a womenĄŻs empowerment in\r\nlivelihoods program that is using land as an engine of growth. The Household\r\nPlanning and Decision making model is being piloted as an innovation to encourage\r\nhusbands and wives to jointly plan and make decisions right from the crops to\r\nbe grown, how much to grow and what to use the proceeds for. ULA is piloting\r\nthis to learn the changes that might accrue to those households and if found to\r\nwork positively as a wealth creation model, it will be scaled up to other\r\ncentres.

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The Apac LRIC is the first in which a sustainability plan has been\r\ndeveloped and tried. In the event that ULA ceases to work in Apac, the LRIC\r\nshould continue functioning manned by the paralegals. An association of\r\nparalegals was formed and runs a Village Savings and Loan Association/Savings\r\nand Credit Cooperative (SACCO) that lends to its members. The financial\r\nportfolio of the association to date is more than Uganda Shillings ten million\r\n(UGX 10,000,000).

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