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Training guide for community mapping in Karamoja

By: Uganda Land Alliance

Community mapping is a grass roots community development initiative that strives to connect various actors in a particular area to issues affecting that area through a local inquiry. Community mapping is an exercise through which tacit knowledge as embedded in people’s spatial memory is converted into explicit and externally usable knowledge. It is an open ended, dynamic, and broadly inclusive way to bring community members, civil society, local governments and the central government together to better understand the places in which communities live, the social, economic and political issues affecting those places and the means by which those issues might be addressed.

Resultantly, this programme allows for improved information exchange between outsiders (i.e. Central government, NGOs, Researchers, Donors, e.t.c.) and the insiders (Community members) in the design and implementation of development projects. Mapping tenure relations not only provides spatial information but also socio-political relationships, such as gender dynamics, underlying these entangled links, and socio-institutional structures that govern natural resources.