Land Rights: where we are and where we need to go

September 2005
Judy Adoko (Lemu - Land and Equity Movement in Uganda)

Review of the situation of land rights in Apac District and of opportunities for land rights protection work. Examines the 1998 Land Act and its implementation in practice. Finds that the protection clauses for women are proving ineffective. Also looks at the major threats and barriers to land rights and suggests ways forward. Among many other pertinent questions, asks why the Ugandan Government has shown so little interest in customary tenure and why it pursues land titling to the extent it does. Argues that state institutions are not functioning as prescribed and have not been equipped to deal with land disputes. Landlessness is growing and it is proving harder for people to defend their land rights.