Community Finds Hope in Land Stakeholder Collaboration
By Nicole Enns Fehr August 31, 2010
Land conflicts are one of the most challenging situations facing the Acholi people. As the population returns from IDP camps land conflict is one of the primary threats to a newly found peace. The causes of land conflict include: misinterpretation of customary laws, displacement due to conflict, poverty and greed, death of elders and foreign investment.
ow participants to act as a land conflict resolution group in Lalogi. Ms. Caroline Opiro, a member of the local Women for Peace group also set up by the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), was quickly nominated to be a member of the newly formed group. She emphasized the importance of including women in conflict resolution roles within the community. “Women socialize more than men, which makes it easy to pass on the training” she noted. Within their own group of women they have already been handling and acting as observers to various land conflicts, but this most recent training in mediation, along with the guide Resolving Land Conflict in Acholiland: A Guide for Community Based Stakeholders will greatly increase their own capacity to resolve the conflicts arising before they are taken to court, a costly and dubious process in northern Uganda.
cultural leader (Rwot), also a trainee, spoke highly of the
mediation training. He is anxious to now call
upon the community both so that they can pass on what they’ve
learned and so that the community is aware that they can come to the
mediation group when faced with land conflicts.
ARLPI’s Land Stakeholders Collaboration Project is sponsored by SPRING/USAID.
Note: For greater detail on addressing land conflict in northern Uganda, including PDFs of Resolving Land Conflict in Acholiland: A Guide for Community Based Stakeholders in both English and Luo, along with related brochures, can be found on ARLPI's land conflict webpage under ARLPI documentation.