Full citation: Rugadya, M. A., "Gender in Uganda’s National Land Policy," PSIA TRAINING PRESENTATION (June 2007).

Gender in Uganda’s National Land Policy

Abstract: In this paper, the context within which the National Land Policy ascribes to tackle gender issues and specially provide for entrenchment, opportunity and strengthening of women’s land rights is analyzed. In the first part acknowledgement of influencing context conditions that refine gender issues are detailed these include; the nature of women’s rights, position of women given their transient rights, the consequences of gender inequality on land and the effect of dispute resolution on land matters. The economic efficiency and equity theory together with the human rights discourse have provided a firm foundation for negotiating and demanding for women’s rights in national policy, which has either had to make choice between options or promote concurrent ideologies to accommodate evidence based demands to tackle two key issues; access to land and control of land (including its outputs) through adaptation of tenure and legal dualism, making a choice between representation, participant or professionalism in land management and purchase or inheritance under customary or registered tenure. This paper concludes by outlining key implications of gender for PSIA data collection and ex-post analysis, as well as implications for systematic demarcation projects.