The “GOAL” project is an initiative of TAC with support from GIZ-RELAPU in Soroti. The project has so far been implemented in Katine and Asuret Sub Counties of Soroti District first in a Pilot and subsequently in a scale up phase. This project thrives in the context that presents an overwhelming demand by customary land owners to have security of tenure beyond the norms, practices and guidelines of their clans. The quest for tenure security is made even more complicated considering the fact that there are considerable number of marginalized persons whose rights to access, use and control land resources are often not guaranteed. This desire for guaranteed tenure security has increased the uptake of systematic land demarcation as the most practical and effective means of securing customary land rights of women, men, PWDs, youth and elderly persons. It is also worth noting that training and capacity building coupled with awareness raising have also enabled the increased success in land dispute resolution by the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT) members that subsequently enabled those parties to benefit from systematic land mapping and documentation. All these positive results and trends from the first phase have provided a justification for scaling-up and expanding the GOAL Project for 12 months.
The ‘GOAL Project 2019’ is 12 months’ intervention running from January-December 2019. Under this project, TAC proposes to intervene in Katine and Asuret Sub Counties of Soroti District at parish level within the auspices of GIZ-Responsible Land Policy in Uganda (RELAPU) programme. This project is proposed to continue the activities of the previous phases on the basis of the good results documented, lessons learned and challenges faced. The project targets awareness raising processes, training of multi-stakeholder Dispute Resolution Teams (DRTs) comprising of Area Land Committees (ALCs), selected clan leaders, LC members, opinion leaders and elders on dispute resolution, land rights and obligations, systematic land demarcation and documentation processes. Dispute resolution mechanisms using a host of ADR approaches especially mediation and legal aid (legal advice) will be adopted to resolve emerging land conflicts. Through community tailored thematic information exchanges, the project further seeks to address myths and tensions which make it difficult for communities to transit to best practices of land management like systematic land demarcation and documentation; focus on the role of clan leaders, popularisation of the documented Teso customs on land i.e. practices, principles, rights and responsibilities (PPRR). The demystification and the use of modern technology in land rights mapping and documentation, recording, processing and successful resolution of cases/issues affecting enjoyment of customary tenure land rights will be adopted, promoted and sustained.
The project also plans to animate Teso Multi-stakeholder Land Advocacy Platform through which emerging land issues that are of common concern to Teso are discussed, the way forward drawn and action undertaken to address those concerns.