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USAID-Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (USAID-SAFE) commissioned the development of this Toolkit 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 to CSOs and established traditional/community based dispute resolution mechanisms to mitigate land related conflict while taking into account the Program’s cross cutting themes of youth, gender, population, anti-corruption and oil production.
It is intended for use by and with traditional/cultural Institutions to inform traditional leaders and elders of the provisions of the land laws and related legislation, and local government procedures of land administration and settlement of land related disputes.

It is written in simple terms to the greatest extent possible for ease of use by its target users in CSOs, CBOs and Traditional Institutions. The Toolkit contains the definition and characteristics of the different land tenure systems; including the role of traditional leaders in protecting the land rights of women and children.
It also looks at the land administration system and dispute resolution mechanisms in Uganda and provides a number of sample forms that can be easily utilized by traditional leaders and elders to assist the communities in which they work.

This Toolkit was developed in a participatory manner by consulting with traditional leaders and elders from the different Kingdoms and cultural institutions across the Program’s target districts that is; Buganda, West Nile, Teso, Busoga, Acholi, and Bunyoro.

Oil companies operating in Uganda and a cross section of CSOs that work on land issues in Uganda were also consulted.Existing Sensitization Tool kits for traditional leaders and other related readily available materials were reviewed, modified and acknowledged.

Accordingly, this Toolkit builds on, and attempts to harmonize existing efforts that have been made in this area.

  • This Toolkit can be revised to suit a number of aims, it can therefore be used;
    By CSOs and CBOs to inform traditional leaders and elders of the provisions of the land laws and related legislation and local government procedures of land administration and settlement of land related disputes.
  • To enlighten traditional leaders and elders on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    mechanisms for resolution of land disputes.
  • To improve linkages between traditional authorities, and formal land administration and adjudication institutions.
  • To inform and empower traditional leaders and elders to evaluate their norms against
    national legal and human rights norms to ensure that their practices on land
    administration conform to national benchmarks.
  • To enhance the influence of traditional leaders and elders as mediators in settling land disputes.