To LANDnet, advocacy is an organised and sustained campaign to get the interest of the marginalised people represented and addressed in public policy, attitudes or practices. It is a deliberate, systematic and organised way of influencing effective implementation of existing land governance policies, change them or formulate alternative policies in favour of targeted area/group/issue. Our goal in advocacy is to challenge the powerful in favour of the deprived and disadvantaged ones.
Guiding Principles to LANDnet’s delivery
- Lobbying initiatives for policy changes should be firmly grounded in community based campaigns affected by the issue.
- Leadership with clear political analysis based on specific cultural context is very important to make advocacy successful.
- Planning and organising at various levels and stages is critical to effective advocacy.
- Effective communication system with different sectors is central to the success of advocacy
- Building strong and enthusiastic public support is essential to influence policy-makers and processes at various levels.
- Collaborative and equal partnerships with which LANDnet can share views, values and beliefs are critical to effective Advocacy.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Strategic Objective 7:
By 2021, LANDnet will have significantly influenced the functionality of policy, legal and institutional frameworks towards greater tenure security for women.
- Increased security of tenure for women
- Increased participation of women in the land governance structures
- Widening support through networking and alliance building in order to bring changes in the policies
- Grassroots organizing
- Campaigns for policy and practice change
- Develop and implement a women’s Land rights program
- Build alliances with likeminded institutions to develop and carry out advocacy on critical issues.
- Identify critical areas to women’s empowerment and build the evidence base for addressing them.
- Revive the Women’s Land Rights Movement and spearhead the implementation of activities within the mandate of the movement.
- Presentations and engagements with policy makers and local government ant central government levels.
- Hold the women’s Land Rights Conference and Rural Women Assemblies.
Strategic Objective 8:
By 2021, LANDnet will have significantly influenced processes and practices that improve customary tenure
- Increased security of tenure over the commons.
- Increased recordation of customary rights.
- Customary rights integrated within the national land information system.
- Resolution of disputes of a customary nature streamlined within the formal justice delivery system.
- Building advocacy capacity of stakeholders.
- Multi-stakeholder policy dialogues.
- Prepare position papers and information towards the operationalization of customary tenure recordation and dispute resolution.
- Hold multi-stakeholder dialogues at local and national level.
- Demonstrations through piloting.
- Advocate for appropriate and affordable approaches and interventions which can improve democratic land governance at scale, learning from best practices in other countries.
Strategic Objective 9:
By 2021, LANDnet will have significantly influenced the implementation of legal and policy reforms in the land sector and land related sectors
- The review of the 16 land related laws reflect people cantered land governance particularly the rights of women, tenants on registered land and the minority groups.
- Women’s land rights are mainstreamed in the implementation of the National Land Policy.
- Land is mainstreamed in other land related sectors such as agriculture, finance, energy, natural resources, urban development, environment and trade & investment.
- Build alliances and networks for advocacy
- Multi-stakeholder Policy dialogues
- Public education through the arts for development
- Media engagement
- Grass roots organizing
- Build a coalition of both state and non-state actors for continued engagements on legal and policy reforms.
- Develop and implement an urban land program recognizing rural-urban linkages.
- Prepare position papers, policy briefs, fact sheets for dissemination to target audiences.
- Organize and hold the Annual Land Awareness Week.
- Organize and hold the Annual Land Forum.
- Develop the Land watch website
- Manage the Uganda Land Observatory
- Establish a network for collaboration among members of the artistic and development communities in Uganda.
- Establish collaborative arrangements with training institutions to support, recognize and reward initiatives by young artists working on land governance projects.