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: 26 Apr. 2017

Enhancing Access to Justice in Uganda's Forestry Sector: A Comparative Study of Uganda and Tanzania.

This is a comparative analysis of access to justice in the forestry sector in Uganda and Tanzania. Although the concept of access to justice is broad and encompasses many aspects,...

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Publication date: 19 Mar. 2017

Efficiency, Sustainability, and Exit Strategy in the Oil and Gas Sector: Lessons from Ecuador for Uganda

This paper draws lessons from the more experienced oil-and-gas-producing Ecuador, for Uganda's nascent oil and gas sector, to argue a case for sustainable petroleum-exploitation. It relies on extant inquiries on developments in Uganda's oil and gas sector, observation of oil-related developments in Ecuador, and interactions and exchanges with intellectuals from Uganda and Latin America...

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Publication date: 29 Apr. 2017

What Matters When it Comes to Adopting Local Content? A Comparative Analysis of Success Factors in Africa and Latin America

In this paper we attempt to identify some common factors by comparing the experiences of countries that have achieved successful local content outcomes...

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Publication date: 25 Aug. 2017

Benefit Sharing in the Forestry Sector in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania: Status, Lessons and Recommendations for Uganda

There is international consensus that sharing of benefits from natural resources like forests is a key tool that can be used to promote both sustainable management of natural resources and improve livelihoods of natural resource adjacent communities...

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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: 03 Dec 2017

Forest Governance Training Manual

The training manual presents forest governance as an important prerequisite for promoting sustainable forest management and reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Uganda. This work is motivated by the deteriorating state of forest governance in Uganda and the realised need to improve the management of the forest resource....

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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: 16 Jan 2017

Prepare to Appropriate "Associated Gas"ť: Lessons from Ecuador to Uganda

This Policy Brief underlines the problem of gas flaring in the petroleum sector, and draws important lessons from Ecuador for Uganda in the conversion of waste to wealth. The oil industry is associated with greenhouse gas emissions through AG flaring and other carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions, with resulting implications for global warming....

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Publication date: 11 Jan 2017

Oil and Gas Local Content Development Strategy: The Keys to Success

In this policy brief we attempt to identify common factors in successful local Content strategies by comparing the experiences of countries that have achieved reasonable positive local content outcomes. To do so we looked at the experiences of seven Latin American and seven African countries....

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Publication date: 11 Jan 2017

Enhancing the Role of Courts in Promoting Forest Justice: Lessons from the Matiri Court Cases

The major objective of this paper is to provide recommendations in form of lessons that can enhance the role of courts of law in ensuring forest justice/ justice for forests3. The paper is part of a larger study comparing access to justice in the forest sector in Uganda and Tanzania....

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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: 16 Apr 2016

Local Content Frameworks in the African Oil and Gas Sector: Lessons from Angola and Chad

This paper seeks to identify the main characteristics and outcomes of local content frameworks (LCFs) in African oil and gas producing countries. This research is based on the hypothesis that the more specific the LCFs, the better the outcomes. The study adopts a comparative case study approach based on experiences in seven African countries (Angola, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda) with aim of understanding the broader context and trends....

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Publication date: 20 Oct 2016

Imagine a Country Without Forests! Confronting the Emerging Crisis in Uganda's Forestry Sector

This report summarises the issues and recommendations that emerged from the 66th State of the Nation platform that focused on the emerging crisis in Uganda's forestry sub-sector.....

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Publication date: 24 Aug 2015

Greening Uganda's 2016 General Elections: Key Issues for Political Parties and Political Leaders to Address in their Manifestoes

This paper highlights some of the most pressing issues in Uganda's ENR sector that political parties and other actors vying for power in 2016 should consider addressing in their manifestoes. Although it makes some specific recommendations, the paper does not prescribe any particular approach that political parties and other actors should take in addressing the issues. That is a question for the political parties to decide internally.....

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Publication date: 27 Jan 2015

The Role of Local Leaders and Actors in Promoting Good Forest Governance in Uganda

This info-sheet highlights the minimal roles that local leaders and actors can play to promote and enhance good forestry governance. Good forestry governance is underpinned by a number of principles. The key ones are transparency, accountability, stakeholder participation in decision-making processes, respect for the rule of law, equity, effectiveness and efficiency.....

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Publication date: 23 Apr 2014

Making Public Procurement Work for Sustainable Forest Use: Excluding Illegal Timber from Uganda's Market

This research paper advances a two stage approach Uganda should adopt if it is to manage its forests for the benefit of its present and future generations. First, public procurement laws and systems must outrightly prohibit illegal timber.....

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Publication date: 24 Aug 2015

Sustainable Conservation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Community Welfare Improvement: Creating a Win-Win Situation by increasing the community share of the Gorilla Permit Levy and strengthening the governance of revenue sharing

This policy brief argues that the current conservation outcomes could be enhanced by an incentive system that offers more and better targeted community support to sustain their livelihoods and improving governance of the Revenue Sharing Scheme.....

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Publication date: 22 Aug 2014

Operationalization of Uganda's National Tree Fund: A Process Audit and Call for Action

This paper is intended to reignite debate about the National Tree Fund with the major objective of having it operationalized.....

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Publication date: 02 Aug 2014

Local Content in Oil and Gas Sector: An Assessment of Uganda's Legal and Policy Regimes

This study is limited to legal, policy and institutional reviews of local content in the oil and gas industry in Uganda. It basically reviews the existing laws and policies as well as institutions to support local content and local content development in Uganda.....

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Publication date: 12 Nov 2014

Strengthening the Role of Local Leaders and Actors in Advocating for Better Forestry Governance and Improved Livelihoods

This report is a Synthesis of the Proceedings of the Regional Forestry Governance Forum that sought to strengthen the capacity of local leaders and actors to demand and promote good governance in the management of forest resources.....

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Publication date: 06 Oct 2011

Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: An Analysis of Budget Allocations and Revenue from the Environment and Natural Resource Sector in Karamoja Region

This study provides an analysis of the budgetary allocations to the Environment and Natural Resource (ENR) sector and the revenue arising from the sector in the Karamoja region. Given the fact that over 60% of the land in the region is under protected area management and that the region also has vast mineral resources, Karamoja cannot develop without the effective harnessing of the ENR potential in the region. The ecological and legal integrity of ENR sector and its integration into the development planning process is therefore critical to the current and future efforts towards the development and transformation of Karamoja.....

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Publication date: 23 Jun 2011

Publish What You Pay: What a New U.S. Law Means for Oil and Gas Governance in Uganda

This policy brief provides a description of the Dodd-Frank Act and its genesis (Section 2), followed by a discussion of the key debates and questions currently under review by the SEC and their relevance to Uganda's oil and gas sector (Section 3). The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for organizations in Uganda that are seeking to enhance transparency within the oil and gas sector.....

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Publication date: 13 May 2011

Marginalisation of Environment and Natural Resources Sub-sector: Undermining the Economic Base and Entrenching Poverty in Uganda

The current economic crisis and escalating food prices in Uganda are partly attributed to the mismanagement of natural resources leading to a reduction in agricultural productivity, food shortages and declining exports. The key natural resources that have an impact on the economy include forests, land, water and wetlands. The situation has been compounded by climate change that has further impacted on economic growth by increasing the unpredictability of the weather.....

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Publication date: 05 May 2011

Understanding the Tax Dispute: Heritage, Tullow, and the Government of Uganda

The tax issue and the complications concerning the farm-down will, in all likelihood, only further delay any future licensing rounds for oil exploration in the country. In terms of political risk, Uganda-despite its attractiveness as a resource-endowed country-may remain dicey for investors because of the transactions surrounding these tax disputes. Arguably, both Tullow and the Government of Uganda made legally questionable deals in order to continue their partnership.....

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Publication date: 05 May 2011

Publish What You Pay: What a New U.S. Law Means for Oil and Gas Governance in Uganda

In July 2010, the United States government passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (hereafter referred to as the Dodd-Frank Act), a piece of legislation with enormous implications for Uganda's burgeoning oil and gas sector. The law contains a provision—Section 1504—that requires all extractives companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges and file annual reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to publicly disclose payments they make to foreign governments for the commercial development of oil.....

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Publication date: 05 May 2011

Status of Uganda's Oil and Gas Legislation

Currently, the Government of Uganda is drafting several new bills related to the country's oil and gas sector-legislation that will eventually lay the foundation for the next chapter of Uganda's national petroleum program. The draft bills will further define and regulate the relationship between the government and the various oil companies currently operating in Uganda, while affecting the relationships between specific interest groups, from landowners and cultural representatives in the oil producing areas to members of the private sector.....

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Publication date: 05 May 2011

Corporate Bribery Laws in the U.S. And U.K.: What they mean for Uganda's Oil Sector

The United States government passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a law with enormous implications for Uganda's nascent oil sector. Among other things, the law includes a "publish what you pay" component that requires all extractives companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges and submit annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to disclose the payments they make to any government throughout the world for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.....

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Publication date: 05 May 2011

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: A Necessity for Uganda

The National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda, which the government finalized in 2008, explicitly directs the government to join the Initiative, and mentions it as a way to help "ensure collection of the right revenues and use them to create lasting value for the entire nation," and as a way of "ensuring development and harmonization of accounting standards in oil and gas activities." In October of 2011, Uganda's Parliament passed a resolution re-affirming the need to join EITI.....

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Publication date: 15 Nov 2009

Crafting an Oil Revenue-Sharing Mechanism for Uganda: A Comparative Analysis

This research was carried out in response to the indications that the necessary legal and institutional frameworks for management of oil revenues in Uganda are behind schedule. According to information from Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development in 2009, oil production was expected to begin in 2010 and on this basis, the research was hinged on the realization that preparations for oil revenue sharing are either clandestinely going on or not being undertaken altogether.....

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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

Wealth Distribution, Poverty and Timber Governance in Uganda: A Case Study of Budongo Forest Reserve

This case study applied the Nature, Wealth and Power (NWP) analytical framework and the Commodity Chain Analysis (CCA) methodology to analyze the current interactions among the stakeholders engaged in timber production and trade. The key influences that determine losers and winners from wealth generated in the timber business are examined....

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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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Publication date: 20 Apr 2006

Mainstreaming Environment and Natural Resource Issues in selected Government Sectors: Status, Considerations and Recommendations

This study aims at establishing the extent to which ENR issues are integrated and/or mainstreamed in selected government sectors. The study is limited to mainstreaming ENR in selected six government sectors out of the total sixteen. These selected sectors include: agriculture; health; water and sanitation; roads and works; justice, law and order sector; and local government....

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Publication date: 26 Apr 2006

Escaping the Oil Curse and Making Poverty History: A Review of the Oil and Gas Policy and Legal Framework for Uganda

This study makes a case that well managed oil resources like other natural resources will lead to socio-economic transformation and sustainable development of Uganda. The work on oil governance has just started and this research paper opens up the need for further inquiry and debate for deeper understanding of the oil governance....

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Publication date: 09 Aug 2004

Constitutional Reform and Eenvironmental Legislative Representation in Uganda: A Case Study of Butamira Forest Reserve in Uganda

In many natural resources dependent economies such as those in sub-saharan Africa, the livelihoods of many rural communities depend on the natural resource assets. Natural resources provide the back-borne for national economic growth and are the basis for the livelihoods of poor people especially in rural constituencies. They are the basis for household food security, the major source of energy, construction materials, income generating business enterprises and provide the major coping mechanism in times of environmental stress and scarcity....

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Publication date: 09 Aug 2004

Sustainably Utilizing our Natural Heritage: Legal Implications of the Proposed Degazettment of Butamira Forest Reserve

This policy brief analyses the constitutional and legal aspects of the proposed degazettment of Butamira Forest Reserve. The Government of Uganda is attempting to degazette and lease out the land comprised in the Reserve to Kakira Sugar Works for sugar cane growing....

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