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Promoting Community Legal Volunteers to Safeguard Land Rights in Uganda

By: USAID-SAFE

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.

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.