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The persistence of land and tenure related conflicts in Uganda reflects colonial social policies which promoted division and cemented inequality. Uganda is at the heart of the conflicted Great Lakes region and for some years the country has hosted the largest refugee population in Africa. The ruling National Resistance Movement led by President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for 36 years. Uganda’s agricultural modernisation, conservation and tourism promotion agendas have impacted on land rights. Unresolved land issues remain at the heart of national politics.    
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20,052,000 ha
2,246.4 USD

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Uganda’s president stops plans seeking to review and amend the Land Act CAP 227 that sought to curb widespread illegal land evictions

10 July 2023

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa has halted the tabling of land act reforms, saying Uganda has more serious problems to deal with than those issues arising from the current land law.

Report Shows French Oil Giant's East African Pipeline Project Has 'Devastated' Thousands

10 July 2023

"They come here promising us everything," said one affected Ugandan. "We believed them. Now we are landless, the compensation money is gone, what fields we have left are flooded, and dust fills the air."

Close to 20 local farmers are in jail for fighting for their land not to be taken by the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)

24 April 2023

Conflict over land rights is escalating in Uganda as people are forced to make way for the East Africa Crude Oil pipeline.



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Does strengthening land governance align with fair climate transitions?

11 July 2023

Communities in developing countries are increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. Although they contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions, many communities are at the forefront of climate change and the associated extreme events. They are faced with events that undermine their food…

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State of Land Data & Information in East Africa: Catalyzing East Africa's Land Data Ecosystem

There is no doubt the Global Data Revolution has reached the land sector. Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping initiatives and other citizen-generated data - there is a palpable positive drive across the world that allows processes such as data collection to be…