LEMU, the Land Equity Movement in Uganda, is a movement which aims to unite the efforts of everyone with a contribution to offer to make land work for the poor.
This includes the efforts of local people, local Government, local civil society organisations, students, elders, volunteers, and anyone with contribution to make land work for the poor.
LEMU works to help local structures working with the poor – local Government and civil society – to support the poor to claim their land rights. LEMU wants to make sure that the right policies, laws and structures are put in place in order that everyone can have fair access to land and land can be used as profitably as possible for all.
LEMU is a link between government and communities: it brings in knowledge of laws and policies to the communities, and facilitates them to understand rights, roles, responsibilities and changes taking place in land ownership; and it works with other stakeholders to help Government and policy makers understand the issues of people’s land rights to help design solutions and implementation strategies.
I work on land use and development, including compulsory acquisition of land in the UK, where I am a surveyor for a consultancy firm. I am interested in land rights, and currently writing a masters dissertation on the interaction between customary land and freehold land markets in Uganda, alongside volunteering for a Uganda NGO. I am keen to move into protection and advocacy work in the land rights area, so am looking to learn more about the topic.
I work with Kole District Local Government, Northern Uganda as a Senior Land Mgt Officer.
I have over five years working experience in Community Rural Participatory Appraisal. I worked as a Community Mobilizer with Land and Equity Movement in Uganda under Community Land Protection Project (CLPP) for two and half years with a field office located in Lira Municipality. I am currently working with LEMU as a Project Officer for both Community Land Protection Project and Family Land Protection Project with a field office based in Lira. I am continuously attracted to humanitarian and development work and most of my experience stems from there. With LEMU, most of my work involves interfacing with communities the organization supports to assist them document their land rights and partnering with state and customary leaders to identify policy gaps which is reported to the central government. It is in this place that I have continuously participated and therefore learned the basics of Monitoring and Evaluation, I have participated in tool development, data analysis, effectiveness reporting.
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