The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA)

Uganda Land Alliance

P.O. Box 26990

Plot 1521 Mawanda Road

Telephone: 0414 540048 

Website: http://www.ulaug.org

Organizational Profile

Background

The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) is a consortium of 48 NGO’s and 20 individuals formed in 1995 to advocate and lobby for fair land laws and policies. Since its inception in 1995, the Alliance has worked towards enhancing access, control and ownership of land by the poor through promotion of fair land laws and policies. In furtherance of its advocacy work, ULA is growing into research on pertinent issues affecting relations on land and tenure security and community interventions based on the communities’ own understanding of themselves and their property rights in a bid to enhance tenure security.

Priority Issues

  • Customary land tenure security.
  • Land rights awareness.
  • Land legal and policy reforms.
  • Organizational development. 

Goal

ULA contributes to imporved livelihoods of the poor and marginalized groups.

Purpose

Increased awareness and faster implementation of land reform resulting in increased security of tenure for the poor and appraise and monitor land sector policy and legal reforms and performance.

ULA Values

  • Participation
  • Coordination
  • Social justice
  • Sustainable management of land
  • Gender equality
  • Participation and empowerment of communities
  • Networking
  • Ethics and integrity

Vision

ULA wants to create a Uganda society with equal access and control over land and the poor women, men, children, and other marginalized groups are actively participating to eradicate poverty.

Mission

ULA’s mission is to enhance access, control and ownership of land by the poor women, men, children, and other marginalized groups through the promotion of fair policies and laws for the protection of land rights.

Development Work

ULA achieves its mission by combining Development Work with Human Rights Issues and intersecting the two. Its development work may be summarized as follows:

  • Research, lobbying and advocacy on ensuring equal access to land between men and women for increased livelihood.
  • Networking and collaboration with stakeholders by giving and getting support from members to improve access to land by groups marginalized on grounds of sex, ethnicity etc.
  • ULA seeks the participation of grassroots communities, members and institutions in policy analysis as well as in the subsequent activities intended to influence policy, monitor its implementation and evaluate outcomes.
  • Capacity building through building the capacity of members, local communities and organizations by affording them opportunities and support to carry out work of a standard that is sufficient to make a difference to their livelihoods.
  • Policy advocacy and community empowerment through facilitating the participation of grassroots communities, members and institutions in analyzing those land laws and policies that affect them.

Human Rights Issues

  • HIV/AIDS interventions where ULA activities will continue to focus on inheritance, succession, and ownership rights of widowed women and orphaned children.
  • Awareness creation through strategic use of the media.
  • Property rights with emphasis on securing rights of women, minority groups and other marginalized groups on land.
  • Provision of services on Land rights information and dispute settlement through the Land Rights Centers. 
  • Action research on critical land rights violations and coping mechanisms that the communities envisage.

Strategic Actions

According to the Strategic plan for 2012-2018, ULA has several critical issues that will need to be resolved. These issues are:

  • Land Lord – Tenant Relations of registered land.
  • Land conflicts in transitional societies
  • Access to justice/dispute resolution
  • Security of tenure in richly endowed natural resource areas (Karamoja and the Albertine region)
  • Integrating gender into Land Administration and management
  • Gender, HIV/AIDS and property rights
  • The need for a comprehensive National Land Policy and pro-poor laws for the land sector
  • Need for education of the general public on land issues

 

For any more information about the ULA, do not hesitate to contact the ULA at ula@ulaug.org or visit their website at http://www.ulaug.org.

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