Over the past year, during my work in western Uganda, I have had the opportunity to get to know Paolyel Onencan. Paolyel is the Executive Director of Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organisation (BIRUDO). Paolyel and his BIRUDO colleagues are doing good work around Uganda’s oil and gas development in the Albertine Graben, by helping families get better deals on compensation from the oil companies (Total and China National Offshore Oil Company) working in the region.
David Bledsoe is a land tenure specialist with Resource Equity. He is a land law and policy specialist and has performed rural fieldwork, conducted surveys, and developed training programs for civil society stakeholders, government officials, and small and large landowners alike. David had been a senior attorney with Landesa for 15 years beginning in 1998 before taking up his current role with Resource Equity.