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Namati pursues the dream that all people are able to exercise their rights and take part in the process of governing.
Namati develops, implements, and evaluates models for delivering quality legal aid at scale, for protecting community land rights, for closing the enforcement gap in environmental law, for fulfilling the right to citizenship, and for ensuring that essential services like healthcare and water are accountable to local communities.
Namati also convenes a community of legal empowerment practitioners from governments and civil society in every region of the world. Network members share tools and resources, and collaborate to build a stronger global movement.
The Community Land Protection Program’s goal is to proactively strengthen communities’ ability to protect, enforce and defend their customary land rights. The program endeavors to promote genuine legal protections for customary land tenure and the recognition of customary land rights as legally-enforceable ownership claims.
Namati will continue to work closely with the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), and other local partners to accomplish these aims.
The intention is that through our combined efforts, we can support vibrant community empowerment; authentic community sovereignty and authority over land and natural resources; good community governance that fosters equity, justice, fairness and accountability for leaders and community members alike; equitable, enforceable investor-community partnerships that result in tangible land and natural resources benefits for communities; and community stewardship of the earth, ensuring that land and resources are managed sustainably, in trust for future generations.
This report details the study communities’ experiences undertaking the land documentation activities and summarizes the initial impacts of these efforts under the following subject headings:
Conflict resolution and prevention (describing the boundary harmonization and demarcation process); Intracommunity governance (describing the Communal Land Association constitution drafting process); and Conservation and sustainable natural resource management (describing the land and natural resource management plan drafting process).
It then briefly reviews the obstacles confronted and describes conclusions relative to the optimal level of legal intervention necessary to support communities’ successful completion of community land documentation efforts.
The report next details findings concerning how best to facilitate intra-community protections for the rights of women and other vulnerable groups during the land documentation process.
In recent years, governments across Africa, Asia and Latin America have been granting vast land concessions to investors for agro-industrial enterprises and resource extraction. Often, these concessions dispossess rural communities and limit their access to natural resources vital to their livelihoods and survival.
To gather evidence on how to take practical steps to protect community lands, the Community Land Titling Initiative supported communities in Uganda, Liberia and Mozambique to follow their nation's community land registration laws, taking note of the challenges and successes that transpired in the course of these efforts.
The first study of its kind, the intervention's goal was to better understand both the type and level of support that communities require to successfully complete community land documentation processes as well as how to best facilitate intra-community protections for the land rights of vulnerable groups.