Lands

Lands

The core function of the Sector is to increase Land right awareness and ensure security of tenure for the Majority poor, especially the most vulnerable like women, orphans and person with disability.

Goal
Ensuring Sustainable Land use, Land Tenure Security, Affordable, Decent Housing and Organized Urban Development, by creating an enabling environment to use land resources sustainably for better living conditions in rural and urban Uganda

Policy issues
-Improve the livelihood of the very poor people by ensuring equitable access and ownership of land and ensuring greater security of tenure to the people.
-Improving access to justice – strengthening dispute resolution institutions; and increasing land right awareness; support to improve land right of women and other vulnerable people and legal aid support to the needy
-Maintain transparent, accountable and easily accessible institutions and systems for decentralised delivery of land services. This will be done by developing capacity of the land management institutions in the Lower Local Government
-Ensure the quality of rural and urban settlement and strengthen land use planning at all levels.
-Ensuring decent housing by regulating contraction of houses in accordance to the Physical plan.

Gender
In line with land sector strategic plan, this sector also encourages equitable access to and utilisation of land by all gender. This is mostly to be done by putting specific emphasis on land right of women and other vulnerable groups

The Sector is also aware that, Women make up just over half the population and often have different life styles and patterns of movement within rural growth centres from men. But women are underrepresented in the built environment professions and they have been poorly consulted about their views on how centres should be planned. As a result women frequently experience inconvenience and obstruction in the planned environments. Inadequate solutions are imposed on them and they encounter a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding among professionals about how they use space. Gender in physical planning is to work with both men and women to create and develop the types of communities and places that they want to live in.

Environment
Land management aims at sustainability since it aims at promoting optimal use of productive land in both urban and rural areas and protecting fragile ecosystem and environmentally vulnerable areas from negative impacts of urban planning. This is done through developing and supporting the implementation of improved land management practices like agriculture, industry, transport, urban development, green spaces, protected areas and other vital needs.

The land management sub sector aims at providing adequate and integrated environmental infrastructures in both rural and urban areas with the view of improving the quality of life.
Most land in the rural areas is not being appropriately planned and managed and the rural setting runs the risks of unplanned development if efforts are not put in place to address the problem. This poses a challenge to the sub-sector: since communities have just returned from IDPs and proper land management will be required to minimize environmental damage

Maintenance
Maintenance of rural growth centre is entirely the responsibility of the sub-counties. They mobilise the traders and developers within these centres to do the routine maintenance like cleaning up the centres, slashing and digging up the drainage channels.

SWOT Analysis
This is an analysis of the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats in the urban/physical planning sub-sector.
Potentials
– Political will and support from political leadership
– Committed and respectable members of the District Land Board.
– Increase in land right awareness hence the increase in the desire for land right justice.
– Knowledgeable and highly qualified personnel to handle land matters in the department
– The communities have welcomed the idea of having organized settlements and appreciate the values
– Trained trading centre development committee at the rural growth centres
– Close link with the departments of physical planning under the Ministry of lands, Water and Environment

Opportunities
– Developments are beginning to appreciate the value of organized land uses
– There are new set policies that have been set up like land use policies and the land poly to streamline land management and administration.
– Civil Society Organisation are beginning to realise the importance of land in poverty reduction hence a paradigm shift to land based poverty reduction campaign.
Challenges
– Inadequate funding for the sub-sector
– Enforcement officers not in place to implement the Physical plan
– Recorders at Sub Counties have not been inducted to issue Certificate of Customary Ownership being the even thought it remains the cheapest paper prove of land ownership.
– Inadequate funding to members of the Area Land.

Constraints
– Wide spread poverty hence limited the level of land utilisation.
– The cost of processing land titles is prohibitively high for the average person in the district.
– Haphazard developments which proceeds planning

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