02/2018. It’s the Land Awareness Week 2018


The Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) in partnership and collaboration with Soroti District Local Government, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM Uganda), Oxfam, Trocaire, Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), LANDnet Uganda, Food Rights Alliance (FRA), the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), formal and informal land actors is organizing the Land Awareness Week (LAW) event.

The event will take place from 26th February to 2nd March 2018 in Soroti District. It will be held under the theme, “Our Land, Our Heritage for Socio-Economic Development!”

Why the land Awareness Week?

For many years the land actors have focused on improving the land situation through a range of interventions in partnerships, consortia, and coalitions. However, there are still major concerns about the increasing number of land disputes and conflicts which have resulted into land tenure insecurity, land grabbing and loss of livelihood for many small scale farmers, women and men and consequently leading to low/under/non utilization of land, low productivity, food insecurity, and poverty.

Most information on land laws is complex for an ordinary person to comprehend since most of them have not been translated into simple understandable local languages. On this basis therefore, the land awareness week will provide a platform to share and disseminate knowledge to the community/public on all land related policies and laws, access to justice with regard to land governance, management and administration.

Main purpose of the Land Awareness Week 

The main purpose of the Land Awareness Week (LAW) is to provide a platform for dialogue and massive community awareness raising on policies and laws on land governance, land management and land administration and access to justice to strengthen land stakeholders’ capacity and enhance effectiveness and accountability in the delivery of land services. Specifically, the LAW is being organised to;

  1. To raise awareness of women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups on land rights and land laws for effective engagements in land governance, management, land administration and access to justice.
  2. To provide a platform for community to dialogue with and hold the land duty bearers accountable for the delivery of land services.
  3. To provide a platform for women, men, youth, PWDs, other vulnerable groups to access guidance and legal counseling on land matters through Mobile Legal Clinics.
  4. Strengthen the linkages and collaboration among land actors at local and national levels.
  5. To document evidence based land rights issues to inform national level advocacy.

Planned activities during the LAW

  1. The Open Public Sensitization: This shall run for the entire week in selected locations. The public will be provided with information and platforms to sharw their views on land laws, land rights, developments within the land sectors and MLHUD among other. Issues from the public will be consolidated into policy briefs that will be presented to the Local Government of Soroti and MLHUD during the climax ceremony of the event.
  2. Mentorship of the Area Land Committees and District Land Board  (DLB) members: 50 members of the ALCs in Soroti district (from Katine, Asuret and other sub counties) and the DLB will be attached to the community sensitization forum for mentorship by the team’ legal experts. This is meant to further build their capacity in land governance and administration issues.
  3. District level stakeholders’ meetings: A 1-day stakeholders’ engagement meeting will be held at the district headquarters where the partners will disseminate and share relevant research on land rights, environmental issues, among others with land stakeholders (MPs, MLHUD, police, judiciary, district officials, cultural, opinion & religious leaders, CSOs, media, private sector etc).
  4. Music exhibition: We will utilise local talent to produce songs on the LAW theme. A panel of adjudicators and farmers will select the best three songs on the closing day of the awareness week. These will then be refined and widely promoted across the region.
  5. Media engagements: through news bulletins, spot messages singling out selected provisions of the land act, succession act, etc; radio talk shows etc.
  6. Mobile legal clinics: The Mobile Legal Clinics will be set up as parallel events in the respective open public sensitization venues for farmers to report their land related cases and get information on land. The clinics will be open to the general public. The services offered will strictly be legal advice and counseling.
  7. Climax March and closing ceremony: This will be held on the final day. The closing ceremony shall involve an open dialogue and presentation of issues/voices from farmers in regards to land governance and land administration to MLHUD and Soroti District Local Government.
  8. Parallel events:  these will include; Exhibition/showcasing of land rights related work done by the various farmer groups, CSOs, MLHUD and Soroti district local government; Legal clinics offering counseling and legal advice.
  9. Church/Mosque LAW sermons; We will have various religious denominations dedicate their sermons on land Rights issues so as to reach believers with the LAW information.

10/2017. Launch of our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021

We recently launched our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021!

The 5-year plan was launched on 22nd September 2017 in the presence of PELUM Uganda members, partners, Country Board members and staff. The Strategic Plan was officially launched by  Dr. Kennedy Igbokwe, the Project Manager, climate change and resilience at FAO who also served as the guest of honor.

PELUM Uganda’s new plan will be implemented under the theme, “Nurturing our agro-ecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems”.  Within the next years, we want to see “Communities in Uganda sustainably utilizing their natural resources” (Vision). We will contribute to this through, “enhancing the effectiveness of members in promoting ecological land use management among farming communities through capacity building, research and innovation, networking and advocacy” (Mission).

The plan has 4 Domains of Change and Strategic Objectives as indicated below

Domains of Change Strategic Objective
Programmes and services PELUM Uganda with programmes and services that strengthen member’s capacities to build resilience of farming communities in the period 2017-2021.
2. Partnerships and working relations


PELUM Uganda with relevant and effective working partnerships and relations in the period 2017-2021.
Organisational functioning


PELUM Uganda functioning efficiently and effectively as an organisation in the period 2017-2021.


PELUM Uganda with adequate financing for planned undertakings in the period 2017-2021


During the launch, some members and farmers shared about how they have benefited from PELUM Uganda’s work in the past and their hope for continued impact in the coming years. ” I am a 77 year old retired civil servant and smallholder farmer. I have been working with PELUM Uganda and IIRR since 2011. They have given me a lot of trainings in simple water harvesting technologies, good farming practices…. After one training at St. Jude in Masaka,  I went back home, dug a pit, put a polythne and started harvesting water… I am now a model farmer in my area. I train my neighbors such as students from Bobi training polytechnic in good farming practices. I am old but I am making a lot of money. I encourage all of you to work hard but also visit my farm so that we can share experiences,” commented Mr. Okello, a farmer from Gulu district.

The PELUM Uganda country secretariat team also shared about the 3 models developed, piloted and out-scaled among members and partners. These models include; the Climate Resilient Agro Ecosystems Model (CRAEM), the Community Managed Seed Security Model (CMSSM) and the Pesa Agro marketing model. They also shared about the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology that PELUM Uganda has been out-scaling in partnership with Oxfam in Uganda and other organisations

In his speech, the Guest of Honor, Dr. Igbokwe appreciated PELUM Uganda for the 5 models presented and committed to work with the country secretariat team to further scale them out. “Although each model can work on its own, they could work best when integrated together within a particular context. I commit to see how to scale-out the models within FAO,” he commented

Here is an article about the launch as published in the New Vision newspaper 

WE ARE NOW 55! Please join us in welcoming The Primates World Relief and Development Fund to the PELUM Uganda Family

Please join us in welcoming  PRIMATES WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND (PWRDF) to the PELUM Uganda family. This brings the total membership to 55! 


PWRDF is a charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. PWRDF currently works (through partners) in 25 countries globally in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Canada (Bangladesh, Burundi, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda)

In Uganda, they work in Kyankwanzi and Masaka Districts.

Vision: A truly just, healthy, and peaceful world.

Mission: As an instrument of faith, PWRDF connects Anglicans in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance development, to respond to emergencies, to assist refugees, and to act for positive change.

Main activities: PWRDF collaborates with development and relief organizations in Canada and around the world – both church-based and secular – to respond to humanitarian crises, carry out long-term community development, and engage in education and advocacy. Humanitarian and development programs are wide-ranging. Food security, preventive health and micro-finance are also areas of priority.

With partners, PWRDF seeks to support vulnerable people to become agents of their own and their community’s transformation. Communications and public engagement with Canadians helps support partners’ initiatives around the world. 

For more information about PWRDF visit them at www.pwrdf.org



NEW!!! Launch of the PELUM Uganda Strategic Plan 2017-2021

We are pleased to share with you our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The plan is a road map for PELUM Uganda’s next five years and will be implemented under the theme, “Nurturing our agro-ecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems”. 

The Strategic Plan was launched on September 22nd, 2017. You can visit our Blog to read more about the event. 

Here is an article about the launch as published in the New Vision newspaper

You can click here to download the Plan



09/2017. PELUM Uganda elects a new Country Board

One Friday 22nd September 2017, PELUM Uganda held its Triennial General Meeting (TGM) in which a new Country Board (CB) was elected. The new Board maintained Mr. Joseph Ssuuna (Independent Director) and Ms. Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa (Kulika Uganda) as Chairperson and Vice chairperson respectively. Other re-elected were Ms. Hellen N. Kasujja (CIDI) and Diana N. Kibuuka (Independent Director) as members. This was in accordance with the PELUM Uganda constitution provision that calls for 40% retention of the CB members (at least 3 people).

The full list of the new CB is s follows;

   Name Organisation Designation on the CB
1. Mr. Joseph Ssuuna Independent Director Chairperson
2. Ms. Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa Kulika Uganda Vice chairperson
3. Ms. Hellen Nakawooya. Kasujja Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) Member
4. Diana Ninsiima. Kibuuka Independent Director Member
5. Mr. Felix Lochap Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) Treasurer
6. Ms. Agnes Mable Mirembe Action for Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE) Member
7. Ms. Josephine Kiiza St. Jude Family Projects Member
Part of the CB team (L-R) Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, Harriet Ndagire Sempebwa, Hellen Nakawooya Kasujja, Joseph Ssuuna and the PELUM Uganda Country Coordinator Stella Grace Lutalo

In his opening remarks as the newly elected CB Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Ssuuna said that, “ I appreciate members for once again entrusting me and the new team with authority to take forward what PELUM Uganda stands for. I hope that when we come back here in 3-years’ time, we will be able to hand over a stronger organisation.”

At the same meeting, out-going Country Board members were given awards in appreciation of their dedicated service to PELUM Uganda.


The newly elected Country Board chairperson, Mr. Joseph Ssuuna (left) presents an award to out-going CB member, Mr. John Febian Olweny in appreciation of his dedicated service to PELUM Uganda

Below are more pictures from the event


08/2017. Introducing GALS methodology to Trocaire Uganda and its partners

By Doreen Nanyonga
(M&E and Documentation Officer, PELUM Uganda)

About 2 weeks ago, I shared about our trip to Juba town where my colleague John Bosco Okaya and I conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for Oxfam South Sudan Programme staff and its partners. It was a successful 6-days trip (these pictures speak for themselves).

Fast forward, this week, we are in Arua, West Nile region of Uganda once again introducing the GALS methodology to another team -Trocaire Uganda and its partners and some staff from Trocaire Kenya. This time round, Paula Viko from Community Empowerment for Development (CEFORD) joined the training team. Participants in the training consist of Programme Managers, Officers and field staff who want to mainstream gender in agro-ecology and women empowerment programmes using GALS.

It’s Day 2 of the training and already we can see organisational champions (GALS change agents) emerging from within the team. Many participants are looking forward to introducing the Vision Road Journey in their individual household planning processes. We have introduced the Gender Balance Tree and discussed gender issues that impede individual and household progress and how the tool can be adopted to different contexts. The plenary and other sharing sessions have shown the willingness of these people to gain more knowledge and understanding of the Tools so as to better introduce them in their organisations.

The learning continues…..


08/2017. Taking the GALS methodology to South Sudan

Here is a pictorial from our time in Juba, South Sudan. #GALSmethodology #TrainingOfTrainers #fromHundredsToThousands

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08/2017. Taking the GALS methodology to South Sudan

By Doreen Nanyonga
M&E and Documentation Officer, PELUM Uganda

This week my colleague John Bosco Okaya of Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) and I embarked on a journey to Juba, South Sudan to train Oxfam South Sudan staff and its partners on the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology for their DFID HARISS project. This is the first GALS training of its kind in the country and we are so proud to be a part of it. Our journey started on Saturday 5th August 2017 from Kampala and will end on Monday 14th August 2017.

About the GALS methodology

GALS is a community-led empowerment methodology using specific participatory processes and diagram tools which aims to give women as well as men more control over their lives as the basis for individual, household, community and organisational development (Mayoux, 2014). GALS is not only a ‘methodology for women’, but a mainstreaming methodology for women and men to address gender issues important to the effectiveness of any development. The GALS methodology provides practical tools and an all-inclusive participatory process and platform for individuals and groups to analyse their livelihoods with a gender perspective and take practical steps to address gender inequalities such as the division of labour and household chores between women and men, decision making about income, expenditures and assets and reduction of alcohol abuse and violence.

A key focus is breaking through gender-based barriers at individual level and changing gender inequalities within the family as challenges which prevent both women and men from achieving their vision.

GALS Tools introduced to participants so far

Participants to the training are Oxfam staff and partners who work in various parts of South Sudan. They are all working towards the development of communities that have already been affected by war, culture and other forces. GALS is being brought on board to support mainstreaming of gender in programming as well as improving livelihoods within households.

It is Day four of the training and already, we have introduced participants to the Vision Road Journey, the Gender Balance Tree, the Empowerment Map and the Challenge Action Tree. With each tool introduced to participants, there is more learning and appreciation of the methodology as a planning tool that communities can easily adopt. We can already see positive changed in attitudes and opinions of participants towards the methodology compared to Day 1 of the training. For instance, where they once thought GALS was not relevant for the fishing sector because it is male dominated, now we are hearing more of , ‘after discussions and getting to understand the methodology, I know that women too have potential. They can fish if given the opportunity’. We can’t wait to hear more of these intial changes in attitudes among facilitators and households.

About the Oxfam Project in South Sudan

You see, the Oxfam office in SS is implementing a DFID funded project referred to as the  Humanitarian, Assistance and Resilience in South Sudan (HARISS). The 4-year project is titled, “Building the resilience of women, men, and youth in South Sudan by protecting and strengthening their ability to withstand environmental and conflict related disasters and shocks”. The project seeks to strengthen livelihood and local leadership capacity of conflict affected communities and local and national policy and practice to create a self-determinant and resilient context, enabling people to pursue their aspirations equitably, freely and with confidence and dignity. By focusing on women and youth groups, local leadership and business who want to invest in their community, Oxfam seeks to achieve an environment that bends, not breaks to current and future crises.

The project seeks to work with households using GALS to achieve behaviour change, ensuring that there is space created for women to take decisions and benefit equally with men from the proceeds of the DFID HARISS project.

Expect more photo updates in the coming days!!


NEW!!! PELUM Uganda Annual Report 2016

Dear partners, 

We are so pleased to share with you a summary of our 2016 successes, challenges and lessons learnt all packaged in our Annual Report 2016.

Please click here to download the report

Enjoy reading it.


06/2017. Civil Society Perspectives on the FY 2017/18 National Budget


On Thursday 8th June 2017 we witnessed Members of Parliament and other stakeholders heading to Serena Kampala hotel to listen-in to the reading of Uganda’s FY 2017/2018 National budget in accordance to Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. While presenting the budget, Hon. Matia Kasaija the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development mentioned that the budget had three key messages in its theme –“Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity”. PELUM Uganda organized a listening in dialogue at Hotel Africana, on the same day, under the theme, “Citizens’ expectations in the FY 2017/18 Budget”. This was aimed at creating awareness about the budget allocations and having participants identify areas to inform PELUM Uganda’s advocacy on the budget.

Hon. Matia Kasaija emphasized the fact that the Agriculture Sector is key in providing food security, export earnings and creating gainful job opportunities for the Ugandan youth and women. All this underlined a need for Government to address salient issues in Agriculture including climate change which is arising partly from the destruction of wetlands and deforestation; low survival rates of distributed seedlings,   inadequate infrastructure that accounts for over 30% loss of production; inadequate extension services, lack of coordination among institutions in the sector, inadequate compliance with and enforcement of standards right from farms to processors and a high cost of financing for Agriculture enterprises. The minister further mentioned that Uganda’s industrialization will be anchored on Agriculture, Agro-processing and Value addition. “Linking Agriculture to industry is the strategy in which the economy will be transformed to deliver inclusive growth and development”, he said.

With these and other remarks on the Agricultural Sector, civil society representatives were not happy with the final budget allocation to the agriculture sector considering that although the minister highlighted the many challenges in the sector there was no allocation to some of those issues raised.  “Beautiful budget speech it was. The question is where is this money?” asked Mr. Olweny from Action Aid Uganda. More views expressed were on climate change interventions being too limited, lack of attention to extension service provision, limited coordination and absence of an office responsible for making decisions and guiding the Sector. A mismatch has always been observed in planning and implementation at National and Local Government levels with limited or no participation of community structures and direct beneficiaries.

Action Aid Uganda’s Charles Olweny gives his remarks on the FY 2017/18 National budget during the listening-in session

Mr. Agong from CSBAG added his voice to the previous speakers mentioning that the budget is increasing but the revenue is not. “The Uganda Revenue Authority is only collecting shs14 trillion, leaving a small margin in the services,” he cited. On another note, he mentioned that Uganda has failed to actualize what was signed in the Maputo declaration. “Why then did we sign it?” he wondered. Mr. Agong also stated that the budget has failed to prioritize sectors that have a linkage to agriculture including the sector of lands and housing.

Mr. Mukasa, a farmer from AFIRD said that the budget was not realistic at all. He went on to add that Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and therefore we will not attain a middle income status by 2020 if agriculture is not given priority. Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) is receiving a lot of money but not putting it to proper use. Extension service providers need to support OWC.

Also brought to attention by Ms. Namaga a Senior Program Officer at UDN, was the current debt of is Ug shs32.5 trillion. She said that, “as a country, if we decide to pay back our debt, it will be at a loss because some of this money has not been utilized. A number of loans are not performing; we are not able to send some/ part of the money. Government borrows at very high interest rates, compared to conventional terms, not forgetting the high percentage of debt maturity.”

There were recommendations from the house. Ms. Harriet Ndagire from Kulika Uganda said that the Ministry of Agriculture should re-attain its mandate of running everything related to agriculture. Currently its authority and roles have been taken over by OWC. She encouraged working with local governments at different levels and participating in monitoring, budgeting and engaging government at all levels to ensure that the budget for agriculture sector benefits the vulnerable communities.