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Publication date: 29 Jan 2019

Chinese investment in Uganda: new impetus for sustainable development?

Investment from China can provide opportunities to harness Uganda's land and forest resources in productive and sustainable ways. To reap these benefits, Uganda needs to respond to the challenges this investment brings and build on recent progress...

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Publication date: 23 May 2017

Understanding changing land access issues for the rural poor in Uganda

This report is part of a wider study to improve understanding of changing land access and use in sub-Saharan Africa. The study draws on case study research and literature from Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda....

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Publication date: 25 Aug. 2017

Uganda's Compulsory Land Acquisition Laws: A Critique of the Proposed Amendment of Article 26 of the Constitution

This paper proposes alternative solutions to address the land question conundrum, other than the amendment of article 26 of the Constitution. The issue of land expropriation (Compulsorily land acquisition) has remained controversial through the decades as indicated in this paper. This can be traced back to pre-colonial times when Kings and their subjects clashed over land, through to the colonial agreements that conferred big chunks of land to the colonial Government and, local Kings and chiefs. The post-colonial land issues were between the state and the Kingdoms resulting, not only into the abolition of Kingdoms in the 1960s, but also the nationalization of all lands in the country in 1975. This remained the status quo until 1995 when the Constitution introduced the current land ownership system i.e. Freehold, Leasehold, Mailo and Customary land tenures as ways in which Ugandans currently hold land.

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Publication date: 03 Jan 2017

Catching up with the fast pace of land access change in Uganda

The ways in which people obtain land in Uganda are changing fast. Land that used to be secured through inheritance, gifts or proof of long-term occupancy is now more commonly changing hands in the market. Those with wealth and powerful connections are frequently able to override local rules and gain access to land at the expense of poorer individuals....

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Publication date: 12 Mar 2016

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....

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Publication date: 10 Nov 2009

Land Tenure, Biodiversity and Post Conflict Transformation in Acholi Sub-Region: Resolving the Property Rights Dilemma

This paper presents the results of a study on property rights in land and biodiversity resources in the Acholi Sub-region. The objective of the study was to map out the changes that have taken place in the sub-region since the dawn of colonialism and how these changes have impacted on the contemporary property rights structure in land and biodiversity resources in the sub-region. As the prospects for peace in Northern Uganda have continued to become more eminent than ever before, attention is being focused on designing and implementing interventions to achieve sustainable peace and provide economic opportunities for the people of the Sub-region....

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Publication date: 10 Jul 2007

The Tragedy of Natural Resources Dependent Pastoral Communities: A Case of Teso-Karamoja Border Land Conflict

This policy research paper presents the findings of the study on the border conflict between the Itesots and the Karimojong living in Katakwi and Moroto Districts located in North- Eastern Uganda. Karamoja and Teso regions have historically been experiencing violent conflicts revolving around cattle rustling and competition for access to water and pasture resources....

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