Capacity Building of Grassroots Women Lead¬ers on Pro-poor and Gender Responsive tools.
February 2017 – At Sports View Hotel, Kireka, 30 grassroots leaders participated in a three day Train-ing of Trainers (ToT) on pro-poor and gender responsive land tools namely; Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) and Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC). Participants of the training included representatives of Civil Society Orga¬nizations and cultural institutions as well as government agencies that aim to promote and provide land justice.
The training aimed to; (i) support consolidation and refinement of the land tools, (ii) support peer to peer learning and capacity building efforts towards the use of STDM and GEC, (iii) enable participants to ac¬quire skills and map out their relationships with and uses of land (iv) promote collaboration and partner¬ship among member organizations at different levels.
Dr. Mabikke Samuel from Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), while addressing participants mentioned the relevance of supporting land tenure security for women in relation to promoting food security. He said that women should have equal access, con¬trol and ownership of land just as men to be mo¬tivated to continue producing food for the nation. Ms. Naome Kabanda, the Assistant Commis¬sioner of the Land Inspectorate Division, in the Uganda Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) appreciated the diver¬sity of participants convened for the training.She reported government’s adoption of the land tools. She said, “MLHUD piloted these land tools in some dif¬ferent districts of Uganda based on the kind of land tenure system in the region to check the effectiveness of government structures and leaders in administer¬ing responsive land justice.” Ms. Naome urged par¬ticipants to implement the tools in their own contexts because they are very essential in measuring the im¬pact and gender responsiveness of their programs.
Trainees underwent a number of sessions to learn about STDM and GEC and also participated in fieldwork in Na¬busugwe village, Goma sub-county in Mukono district to acquire hands on skills for implementing the tools. Participants found this kind of training very use¬ful and efficient versus traditional means of collect¬ing information on land and housing structures. They especially found it relevant in marking land boundaries which have been and still are one of the major causes of land disputes in Uganda and collect¬ing multiple information on a given piece of proper¬ty. They were guided on developing action plans for implementing knowledge gained on the land tools.