Balancing Development and Community Livelihoods: A Framework for Land
Acquisition and Resettlement in Uganda
This paper offers an analysis of the existing relevant international and national policy
and legal frameworks that strive to achieve best practices in regulating land acquisition for
development and resettlement of affected persons. The findings are based on empirical
evidence drawn from on-the-ground case studies from a range of stakeholders. It shows an uneven application of resettlement protocols
across projects and land acquisition schemes, as well as vulnerability in land security.
While development projects trigger compensation, which may positively impact on lives
and status of PAPs, our data show that the mitigation of the negative impacts requires
urgent actions in formulating flexible mechanisms that integrate stakeholder needs during
the process of land acquisition and resettlement, “balancing” the benefits to government,
industry and citizens.
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Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is an independent public policy research and advocacy Think Tank based in Uganda, working in the Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-regions on a wide range of public policy issues.