Women's land rights under the oil and gas sector: The case of Uganda

Naome Justine Kabanda

Land acquisitions throughout Africa are largely driven by increased investments in land triggered by increased global demand for energy, minerals, oil resources, food and infrastructure development (Cotula, L 2009)1. In Uganda, land acquisitions are largely triggered by infrastructure development for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, roads, mineral and petroleum extraction, agricultural investments, resettlements for war/conflict and environmental refugees, conservation purposes and preservation and restoration of the environment.2 Both public and private sector projects involve acquiring land which often requires people to move elsewhere and resettle. In general, resettlement has not always been successful and there are several recent examples where impacted people have claimed negative human rights outcomes.3 The consequences of poorly planned resettlement are well known internationally and include landlessness, homelessness, joblessness, relatively higher mortality and morbidity, food insecurity, lack of access to common property and public services, and disruption of the existing social organization.4

Event: Land Governance in an Interconnected World_Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty_2018

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