By Natasha Dyer
Land in Uganda is not just a practical site for farming, building, buying or selling. As Ugandan native and PhD student, Betty Okot, notes in IIED’s blog, in most of Uganda, land evokes history, heritage, identity, rights and relationships. It creates a form of social security and helps define social, religious and cultural values— in addition to belief systems. Land is thus highly sought-after—and those with significant economic power or ambition often pursue land purchasing and development— while ignoring the suffering it creates for the people who live and work there.
MBBI’s Uganda project was established after an NGO, The National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU) in Kabale, southwest Uganda, asked MBBI for help to enable local Ugandan communities to deal more constructively with land-related conflicts. The project aims to ensure people in southwest Uganda have access to land-related conflict resolution services that consider all parties’ interest, and produce lasting results rapidly.