Supporting paralegals in Northern Uganda
Land disputes can turn violent in northern Uganda. CR will support 25 local paralegals to give war-affected families legal support in securing rights to farm on land in their villages and mediate disputes that arise. This project aims to reduce the risk of a return to violent conflict.
Charity information: Conciliation Resources
People displaced by the violent war between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army have been returning to their home villages only to find that they have no rights to the land they once thought belonged to the community. The lack of understanding of new laws about land ownership and use have led to a rise in disputes that could be avoided with support and awareness raising at community level.
CR and our partner, the Justice and Peace Commission, will support 25 paralegals from the affected communities to raise awareness about land rights and mediate community-level disputes.They handle minor cases and often mediate in family and community disputes. They will then refer cases beyond their scope to larger legal bodies while offering the people involved support through the legal process. Some paralegals also perform a monitoring role and provide early warning to potential conflicts.
To reduce the risk of land disputes turning violent in northern Uganda
Activities» Training workshops for up to 20 paralegals to update their knowledge and skills on land rights, human rights and conflict resolution.
» Support for 25 paralegals to travel out to disputed areas to meet conflict parties, document the dispute and report back on their findings.
What success will look like
Success will be an increase in the understanding of land rights and a will be helping a community of people that have endured decades of war and are trying to rebuild their lives.
The project will be helping a community of people that have endured decades of war and are trying to rebuild their lives on safer and more secure ground. It would identify and deal with with potential causes of conflict linked to land disputes, reducing the risk of violent clashes between current villagers and those who are returned from camps where they had fled to because of the war. Paralegals also resolve conflicts at family and community levels and have become part of the communities.
The main risks are a resurgence of violent conflict and stakeholders not engaging with the activities. We have designed the project to be inclusive and reduce these risks. We will be working with local officials and through our local partner, have the buy in of the targeted communities as well.
Donors will receive an annual report of the project detailing ongoing activities and achievements. We will also supply donors with an annual review and the trustees report.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £20,000 Paralegal support Annual cost of the time and travel for 25 paralegals to support targeted communities £5,000 Training workshop Training for 25 paralegals on the latest thinking on land rights and other key issues
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Eva Reckitt Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
The project activities will take place in the northern Ugandan districts of Gulu, Amuru and Kitgum.
The beneficiaries are the internally displaced peoples who have had to flee their villages and move into internal refugee camps at the height of the war between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army. The project will help improve the lives of the returnees - men, women and children.
Conciliation Resources has been working in northern Uganda for twelve years. We support organizations and individuals to address challenges faced by their communities. We help partners build their capacity for community peacebuilding, support local peace actors and leaders on cross-border activities and through analysis and advocacy encourage governments and international agencies to respond to local demands for peace.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Kennedy is the Director of our East-Central Africa Programme and has the knowledge and dedication to working towards our aims.