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.

    Publication Date: 12 Mar. 2016

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