Each year, land actors1 in collaboration with Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD) come together and organize the Land Awareness Week (LAW) with the aim of disseminating information on land laws. The 2019 LAW took place from 13th to 17th May 2019 in Karamoja Region and aimed at providing platforms for massive community awareness rising and community capacity strengthening on land rights, land governance, administration and land laws for effective and improved delivery and accountability in the land services. Further, it aimed to bridge the awareness gaps and also demystify the various misconceptions around land laws (NLP 2013, the Land Act, Land Acquisition Act, Succession Act, Limitations Act, Mining Act 2003 to mention but a few); dissemination of information on the operations of Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) Zonal Offices.

Specifically, The Land Awareness Week, 2019 was organized with the following objectives:

  1. To raise awareness of women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups and grassroots organizations on land rights, land laws, mining laws and collective advocacy to enhance their effective engagements in land governance, management, land administration and access to justice.
  2. To provide platform for women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups to dialogue with and hold the land duty bearers accountable for the delivery of land services.
  3. To provide platform for women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups to access legal advice, guidance and counseling on land and mineral development matters through Mobile Legal Clinics.
  4. Strengthen the linkages and collaboration among land actors at local, regional and national levels.
  5. To document land rights and mineral development matters and evidence to inform national level advocacy.


For many years the land actors have focused on improving the land situation through a range of interventions in partnerships, consortia, and coalitions. However, there are still major concerns about the increasing number of land disputes and conflicts which have resulted into land tenure insecurity, land grabbing and loss of livelihood for many pastoralists, small scale farmers, women and men and consequently leading to low/under/non utilization of land, low productivity, food insecurity, and poverty.

Most information on land laws is complex for an ordinary person to comprehend since most of them have not been translated into simple understandable local languages. On this basis therefore, the Land Awareness Week aimed to provide a platform to share and disseminate knowledge to the community/public on all land related policies and laws, access to justice with regard to land governance, management and administration.

Field engagements/observations:

A number of engagements took place during the Land Awareness Week including large scale community awareness sessions, public dialogues, people’s parliament organized by NTV, radio talk shows all aimed at equipping the community members in Karamoja (women, youth, PWDs and men) and grassroots organisations with information on land rights, land laws and collective advocacy; community land rights dialogues and provision of legal aid services to them (women, youth and men).

Resource Rights Africa staff participated in several community engagements and legal clinics during which the following issues emerged:

Through the Legal Aid Clinics organized by RRA and her partners, the communities were able to receive on spot legal advice and some cases were registered for further handling.

The LAW was crowned in Moroto District with a ceremony attended by officials from MLHUD, The Karamoja traditional leaders, Members of Parliament, Local Government leaders, CSOs and media practitioners

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