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USAID SAFE Training Manual_ Promoting Community Legal Volunteers to Safeguard Land Rights in Uganda January 2014

USAID-Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (USAID-SAFE) commissioned the development of this Manual as part of its objective to strengthen Government of Uganda‘s (GoU) capacity with respect to peace building and conflict mitigation.

This initiative is part of efforts to provide assistance, training and capacity building for Local Government structures, District Land Boards, Area Land Committees, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and established traditional/community based dispute resolution mechanisms to mitigate conflict relating to land while taking into account the Program‘s cross cutting themes of youth, gender, population, anti-corruption and oil production.

Although intended for use mainly by CSOs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to provide legal assistance relating to land issues in the SAFE Program‘s target districts, it can also be used by other aforementioned institutions.

It is written in plain terms to the greatest extent possible given the nature of the subject matter, with appropriate illustrations such as diagrams and pictures, for ease of use by its target users in CSOs. The Manual contains guidelines on the organizational and practical skills necessary to be a Community Legal Volunteer (CLV) and how to run a program that provides legal assistance. USAID-SAFE hopes that legal assistance will focus largely on land matters; hence, the Manual utilizes examples and scenarios that will enable the target users to apply land law and enhance land rights.

The Manual also provides a guide on the land regulatory as well as dispute resolution bodies. It is also hoped that CLVs will use it to resolve and mitigate conflicts relating to land in a manner that shows sensitivity to the cross-cutting themes of gender, youth, population, anti-corruption and oil production.

This Manual was developed in a participatory manner by visiting, interviewing and consulting with CSOs that are already offering community legal assistance services. Existing training manuals that were readily available were reviewed, adapted and acknowledged. Accordingly, this Manual builds on and attempts to harmonize existing efforts that have been made in this area.

It is a multi-purpose Manual that can be adapted and modified to suit a number of aims:

  • It may be used by existing CSOs to expand their work to include a CLV component.
  • It may be used to train qualified members of the community to become CLVs.
  • It can be used to establish new CLV organizations to help in solving land rights problems in communities.
  • It can be used as a Trainer of Trainers‘ Manual, to train people who will in turn train others to become CLVs.
  • People who have already been trained as CLVs can use the Manual as a day-to-day reference guide for their work.

It should be noted that this Manual is intended to be used hand-in-hand with the Program‘s Land Rights Handbook which contains detailed information on Land Law, Policy and Rights in Uganda. It is suggested that the facilitator conducting the training familiarizes themselves with both the Manual and the Handbook prior to conducting the training.