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Land Justice in Uganda: Preserving Peace, Promoting Integration

By: Maggi Carfield, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

A number of studies have examined the impact of the conflicts in northern and eastern Uganda on the people in those regions, specifically with regard to how the displacements have affected income and poverty levels and tenure security. The general consensus from other studies is that land issues pose a significant threat to ensuring peaceful and lasting resettlement efforts in the region. Other than studying the problem, little has been done to actively tackle the justice gap.

Recently, however, one non-governmental organization, Uganda Land Alliance (ULA), implemented a pilot project, which was designed to address some of the shortcomings of both the customary and formal land dispute mechanisms. Based on fieldwork in three districts—Amuru, Apac, and Katakwi— in northern and eastern Uganda, this tool examines ULA’s work in the region, analyzes the wisdom and effectiveness of ULA’s approach to working with the formal and informal justice sectors, and recommends a framework for thinking about integration in post-conflict situations.

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Uploaded on: Feb 16, 2014
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015
Year Published: 2012
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