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.
5. Business and Human Rights
The private sector can play a significant role in promoting economic growth of national economies. That is why we analyse the links between Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and investment. Through research, we aim to harness the potential contribution of the private sector in Uganda and facilitate efforts to build Responsible Business Conduct through multi-stakeholder dialogue approach.
We enhance access to information to victims of harms for them to have meaningful access to judicial remedies. We mobilize men, women and youth affected by investments in oil and gas, mining and agribusiness value chains in Teso, Karamoja and the Oil-rich Albertine Graben to engage constructively with companies on their obligation to Protect, Respect and Remedy for human rights abuses.
We advance human rights in business through common struggles from below within the framework of the Right to Say No to Extractivism and the existing campaigns such as the Global Campaign mobilized towards a UN Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations on Human Rights because violations of human rights and rights of peoples and nature have become inherent to transnational corporations operations, as well as systematic. But at the international level, there is no binding rule for corporations on Human Rights.
We campaign to dismantle corporate power, enhance the right to freedom of thought; the right to freedom of opinion and expression, right to hold government security agencies accountable, and right to demand for protection and respect of human rights.
We build capacities of Land and Mineral Rights Defenders in monitoring, documentation and reporting on human rights violations and abuse.
We demand from corporations and other business entities to constantly conduct due diligence measures in all their operations and value chains in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts.
We advocate for the adoption of corporate codes of conduct that expressly acknowledge the constitutional rights that corporations and other businesses are bound by and that make provision for the consideration of complaints from vulnerable communities or individuals adversely affected by investment activities.