The constitution and enabling legislation in Uganda, as in many other countries, empower the government to acquire land in the public interest. Under Ugandan law a person whose land is identified for a public purpose must be compensated fairly, promptly, and prior to the acquisition of the property. International best practices, such as the World Bank Principles on Involuntary Resettlement and the International Financial Corporation (IFC) Standards and the United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-Based Evictions and Displacement , substantiate protocols and safeguards that ensure development projects do not negatively affect communities. However, quite often, laws and best practices remain on paper only. Many individual landowners are poor, illiterate and marginalised; they are often ignorant about their basic rights, and lack the capacity and courage to speak out against injustice meted on them by development projects.
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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.