LAND ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT REFORMS

Improve access and security of land tenure

Land is a key component in the facilitation of business in Uganda. It is important for businesses when seeking financing from banks or setting up businesses given that Uganda is predominantly an agricultural economy. The transformational nature of land administration reform, therefore, is important for private sector development in Uganda. In addition to being a catalyst for commercialization of agriculture, good land policies are essential for facilitating flows from private investment, creating new jobs, and stimulating mobility and structural change. Successful land administration reform will improve the attractiveness of Uganda for investors while protecting the land rights of local communities. Land Administration and Management Reforms is one of the main components being implemented under the CEDP project. The component is a continuation and scale up of the land reform process carried out under the Private Sector Competitiveness Project II (PSCPII), and the Land Strategic Plan (LSS) II.

KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Improving Land Administration
  • Undertaking systematic registration of communal and individually owned land
  • Implementing a programme of actions for strengthening institutions and mechanisms for land dispute resolutio
  • Implementing a programme of actions for strengthening land administration and management institutions.

ACTIVITIES

  • Construction of 10 new Ministry Zonal Offices (MZOs)
  • Land Information System(LIS) enhancement and rollout to 21 MZOs
  • National Physical Development Plan developed
  • Production and integration of base maps into the LIS
  • Demarcation, registration and titling of communal and individual land in rural and peri-urban areas
  • Construction of a dormitory, a multi-purpose hall and provision of instructional equipment for the Institute of Survey and Land Management
  • Strengthening land agencies for effective dispute resolution and mediation programmes.

RESULTS

  • Reduction in the time taken to register land from 52 days in 2010 to 30 days in 2016
  • Increase in Non-Tax Revenue (NTR) from US$28 million in 2013 to US$88 million in 2016
  • Increase in land transactions by 203% from 37,609 in 2013/14 to 113, 886 in 2015/16
  • Increase in issuance of land titles from 21,092 in 2011 to 55,341 in 2016
  • 52 Communal Land Associations (CLAs) formed and registered into legal entity
  • 20,000 certificates of customary land ownership to be issued in Kasese and Nwoya districts
  • 592,000 land titles digitised by December 2016
  • 318 parcels of land demarcated in Nyamiko, Sheema District; Nyamuhanja – Isingiro District; and Mawuta – Jinja District
  • E-Biz search facility at One Stop Centre linked to LIS and is operational to ease land searches.