Dr Theresa Auma (L), Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Dr. Mike Taylor of ILC and Ms Gemma Betsema of RVO, Netherlands.

LEMU lauds the level of coordination and cooperation in Uganda’s land sector

(Last Updated On: 15 June 2024)

Uganda hosted over 150 delegates from over 35 countries for one week, from June 9 to June 15. The delegates went on field trips to Dokolo and Butaleja districts, where they met and interacted with local government leaders and the community.

Ideas and knowledge were shared both upcountry and at the Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo in Kampala. The 2024 conference, dubbed “Learning Week,” focused on “Promoting Successful Government Partnership and Civil Society in the Land Governance Sector.”

Delegates and organising committee members with the Prime Minister.

Dr. Theresa Auma, Executive Director of the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), stated on Thursday that there was high coordination and cooperation throughout the event planning process and during field visits.

Speaking before the official closure by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Dr. Auma stated that delegates from other countries should have witnessed this process – the close collaborations that exist – and attributed them to an enabling environment.

“Throughout the land reforms that have been taking place in Uganda, that collaboration has existed, but in the process of organising and putting together this important learning week, that collaboration has grown even stronger, with the Ministry of Lands leading the way,” she stated.

“We would also like to move a vote of thanks to the conveners. Yesterday, in one of the sessions, Madam Naomi from the Ministry of Lands highlighted how in some cases Uganda government was not able to find out all the budget for the land sector in Uganda, and she highlighted the key role of the development partners that support land sector, and that role is demonstrated in support of this learning week.”

Dr. Theresa emphasised that development partners and the private sector have made significant contributions to people-centered land governance.

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In Uganda, she told the conference that most of the LEMU’s work in the civil society is organized under the National Land Coalition. The coalition, she said, brings together key actors that work on land in Uganda.

“So, it is through that platform, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, that this event was put together by the NGOs working hand in hand with the Ministry of Lands to put together this learning week.”

The majority of those members also belong to the International Land Coalition, where they share their experience. “There is a lot of coordination in the land sector in Uganda and again that coordination was demonstrated, and also for those who went for field visits in Butaleja district but also in Dokolo district and the same level of cooperation, of collaboration we saw at the national level was demonstrated at the local governments level – where the local governments in Dokolo and Butaleja took charge of sharing experience on how they collaborate in the land sector.”

In her official closing remarks, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration in advancing sustainable and equitable land tenure and governance. She advocated for land rights documentation, faster land registration, reform of land markets, and a reduction in land-related corruption.

Also read: LEMU’s land rights intervention has slowed related crimes in Dokolo

LEMU, led by Dr. Theresa Auma, played a critical role in organising and hosting Uganda’s June land conference.

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