Conflict associated with land has increased substantially following the return of peace to the Acholi Region with the return of internally displaced people (IDP), population growth, and increases in the value of land. The area is heavily dependent on agriculture and conflict related to land access seriously threatens to undermine development and the social, political and economic stability of the Acholi Region. This study involved community members, key informants, and statutory and traditional leaders in three sub counties in each of the seven Acholi districts. The research examined existing practices for the sustainable transformation of land related conflict. It identifies and explores the interaction between the key actors with a particular focus on traditional leaders and LCIIs at the forefront of resolving disputes within the community: providing a clearer understanding of the capacity of these two institutions to peacefully resolve land related conflict. The study reveals the efficacy of existing community level mechanisms in effectively resolving land disputes. While neither statutory nor customary mechanisms are without weaknesses, they continue to function and resolve the majority of land disputes to the satisfaction of all parties involved. The traditional leaders generally have the trust of the community, a sound knowledge of the situation and the immediate actors involved, and are well positioned to engage in ADR. Where this fails, they are well placed to document existing boundaries and the relationship between the parties to the dispute that can be used in evidence in statutory courts.
Autores y editores
Christopher Burke and Emmanuel Omiat Egaru
UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
Proveedor de datos
Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is an independent public policy research and advocacy think tank based in Uganda working in East and Southern Africa. ACODE was first registered in 1999 as a Non-governmental organization (NGO). In 2004, the organization was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and without having a share capital. ACODE is one of the most dynamic and robust regional leaders in cutting-edge public policy research and analysis in a range of areas including governance, trade, environment, and science and technology.