RRA Programmes and Key Objectives:
1. Natural Resource Governance
RRA focuses on identifying emerging land, resource and environmental trends and issues, and makes an analysis of associated impacts, challenges and opportunities. It is engaging government and other stakeholders on the enforcement of local and international commitments to natural resources and environmental management in order to protect the rights of indigenous communities and public interests. There is increased focus on land issues relating to the extractive industry in Uganda aimed to protect the rights of the communities living in oil and mineral rich areas.
RRA works to influence legal and policy processes towards a more equitable distribution of land access and ownership, and greater tenure security for the vulnerable groups. It is currently engaged in lobbying for law reforms to ensure that issues of women stand out in the laws and policies. It also seeks to influence central and local governments on principles of good governance in land administration and empower citizens to participate in decision making processes on land.
We mobilize frontline communities who are directly affected by the operations of corporate companies and state agencies to understand each stage of the value chain, the opportunities and challenges and how to address the emerging challenges. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining effective working relations with government, development partners and the private sector to advocate for sustainable resource and environment management at all levels, including recommending alternative policy or operational options to government.
2. Climate Change and Livelihoods
Environment and climatic changes have a disproportionate impact on poor people living on the fringes of our communities often leading to further discrimination and poverty.
We help communities affected by climate change and natural disasters to profile local risks by identifying the range, impact and frequency of risks they face, supporting local action and learning among the at risk communities for them to respond and adapt in ways that improve their conditions.
We provide guidance to policy makers at national and local governments so that public policies and programmes mainstream climate change.
3. Tax Justice
With an abundance of natural resources across Africa, tax laws and regulations inherited under the neo-liberal structure make it difficult to tax the extractives industry because of the incentives, being dominated by foreign players and the secrecy that surround the industry operations that make it difficult to effectively ensure an efficient and streamlined tax regime.
We advocate for tax policy reforms to ensure that revenue mobilization, allocation and utilization is inclusive, equitable and fair and the implementation of favorable agriculture policies and budgets that meet the needs of small holder farmers.
We help build capacity of citizens and stakeholders to demand for fair and inclusive fiscal policies, laws and practices in the emerging extractives industry.
4. Agriculture Budget Monitoring and Advocacy
The programme aim to advocate for the implementation of favorable agriculture policies and budgets that meet the needs of small holder farmers, farmer federations, civil society and women’s organizations. It has the following objectives:
- To influence government national budget priorities to the agricultural sector;
- To strengthen the capacity of small holder farmers, farmer federations, civil society and women’s organizations to engage with the government.
- Expose stakeholders to the government policy and budget processes at the local, regional and national levels
- Advocate for the implementation of favorable agriculture policies and budgets that meet the needs of small holder farmers, farmer federations, civil society and women’s organizations.
- To build capacity of community members to track and analyze national and local government budgets in order to improve resource allocation to the agricultural sector.