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Evaluation of Grassroots Community–Based Legal Aid Activities in Uganda and Tanzania: Strengthening Women’s Legal Knowledge and Land Rights

Progressive legislative actions in Uganda and Tanzania have improved women’s legal rights to land, however significant gender disparities persist in access, control, inheritance, and ownership of land at the grassroots level. One promising mechanism to improve the implementation of laws is through Community–based Legal Aid (CBLA) programs, which are typically designed as pro–poor to enhance legal empowerment of marginalized groups. CBLA programs targeting gender and land–rights issues aim to improve knowledge of existing laws, attitudes toward women’s ability to own or control land, and practice on how land is administrated and distributed in rural communities.

A qualitative study of CBLA programs in Uganda and Tanzania was conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to assess the efficacy of CBLA activities, understand challenges faced by CBLA implementing organizations, and document opportunities and potential for scaling–up. Results demonstrate clear demand for enhanced CBLA services in program areas. Policy implications point to a number of opportunities for scale–up efforts from the programmatic level to the national policy level to improve the coverage and quality of CBLA services.

Uploaded on: Jun 19, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017
Year Published: 2013

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Children's Rights, Community Paralegals, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights Tool Type: Case Study, Journal Articles & Books, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Strengthening Customary Justice Systems Languages: English Regions: Tanzania, Uganda Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Legal Knowledge and Skills, Positive Impact, Rights Consciousness Scale of Intervention/Impact: Unknown Institutions Engaged: Elders, Local Court, Local legislative representative, NGOs Evaluation Method: Case Studies, Interviews, Surveys