Know Your Rights, Play Your Part

Mining, especially of gold, has been practiced in Karamoja for decades. Industrial extraction of limestone started in 2002. Despite this, our studies have shown only 18% of the population have thematic knowledge on basic mining-related laws.
In 2018, we started a campaign to address this information gap aiming to raise these levels of knowledge to at least 50% of the population especially in mining communities. The first campaigns started in Rupa, Katikekile, Tapac sub counties in Moroto. Similar efforts will take place in the rest of the mining districts in 2019. Know your rights, play your part – and ensure your community knows theirs too. Reach out to KDF if you want to be part of this campaign!

Mining Rights

Mining Rights largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.


In Karamoja, a bull is identified for men and represents a kraal and prestige of a certain clan. In that particular kraal/village, women identify more with cows for milk. These directly feed their families.

Mobility is key for pastoralists to survive and feed their families. Cattle herds are kept close to homesteads during the wet season and down of rains. Herds move extremely longer distances during the wet season or at times migrate for the short term. Some cows, with milk are left behind to take care of dietary demands back home.

Land is therefore an important factor for pastoralism to survive and feed Karimojong families. Accessibility to land that enhances mobility is vital for pastoralism.

Mobility is key for pastoralists to survive and feed their families. Cattle herds are kept close to homesteads during the wet season and down of rains. Herds move extremely longer distances during the wet season or at times migrate for the short term. Some cows, with milk are left behind to take care of dietary demands back home.

Land is therefore an important factor for pastoralism to survive and feed Karimojong families. Accessibility to land that enhances mobility is vital for pastoralism.

Livestock coming into kraal in karamoja

Governance

Overview

Pastoralism which is extensive livestock production in the rangelands and is practiced in some parts of Uganda as a response to the unique ecological challenges in the area. In the Karamoja sub region, the ways in which the community members have responded to those challenges have much in common, and equally create some common challenges in terms of strengthening governance of tenure. The culture of the pastoralists is inseparable from their herding strategies and is central to the way they govern their natural resources.

The Benefits of effective governance and secure tenure, secure and flexible access to land and resources is crucial for the economic, social and environmental benefits from rangelands managed by pastoralists. The Karamojong pastoralists for example have rich knowledge of the use and value of different tree species, reflecting the high importance of trees in the pastoral economy and culture. The societies therefore have regulations over the harvesting of trees with strict prohibitions against the felling of some species hence helping to conserve the environment.

It’s also a common practice for the Karamojong pastoralists to keep a variety of livestock species to harness a wider range of resources: for example, combining cattle or sheep for pastures with camels or goats for shrub lands. This combination allows the pastoralists to use a wider range of ecological niches and also buffers production against uncertainty.

Governance of water resources in the Karamojong sub region, construction and maintenance of surface catchments are usually undertaken cooperatively by the pastoralists. Use of these resources is carefully monitored and managed to minimize overuse and damage.

Mobile pastoralism practiced in the Karamojong sub region is also highly suited to the management of rangelands and provides both economic and environmental benefits. Mobility contributes to ensuring access to fodder, water supplies and shelter, to avoiding external problems like drought, disease and conflict, and to selling products in volatile markets.

Pastoral management of land and water Fodder and water are the most significant resources for pastoral livestock management, but a wide range of other assets are also used and claimed by pastoralists. The  effective governance and secure tenure secure and flexible access to land and resources is therefore crucial for the economic, social and environmental benefits from rangelands managed by pastoralists in the Karamoja sub region.

The governance problem in the Karamoja pastoral  area

During the colonial area in Uganda, the new colonial administrative systems that were set up in the  Karamoja sub-region  interfered with the traditional governance system of the pastoralists that lived in this area. This was the period when pastoralism was first discouraged in Uganda through orders of the administrators and their agents. Pastoralism was perceived to be archaic and backward. The colonial administrators regarded pastoralism as a way of life that made it difficult to have control over the communities in areas where it was practiced. The post colonial governments adopted a similar mindset and systems. As a result, there was a breakdown of traditional governance structures and institutions that used to enforce compliance with norms and values that dictate the sustainable use of the dry lands. The pastoralists’ role of acting as repositories for traditional knowledge which maximizes returns from the dry lands was greatly diminished. The current Emphasis on formal governance structures has weakened traditional pastoral institutions in Karamoja sub region and reduced their capacity to help manage crises like epidemics and drought. The Ugandan government still sees pastoralism as backwards and favours crop production on pastoral lands, enacting policies to acquire the necessary land. This approach is also entwined with the vested interests of political elites and is also influenced by ideological policy reforms or by ethnic differences.

In a nutshell, the Governance challenge in the Karamoja sub region is characterized   by problems of weak legitimacy of decisions that undermine livelihoods, rights and well-being ,weak mediation and negotiation and inability to make legitimate tradeoffs, inadequate participation, including weak representation, inability of pastoralists to influence decision-making ,disregard and lack of understanding of pastoral governance system  including knowledge.

KDF role in improving governance in pastoral areas

At KDF, we believe that the social, economic and political processes in pastoral communities or the wider society can have repercussions for the relationship between people and land, while affecting the way customary tenure systems operate. KDF therefore has a strategic goal to increase participation of local communities in governance systems in Karamoja. To achieve this goal, the following strategies are being deployed:

  • KDF is involved in strengthening pastoral governance structures/systems through learning by leveraging learning from within and externally. KDF acknowledges that there are opportunities to learn from other pastoralists and communities that have overcome similar challenges that Karamoja faces.
  • KDF recognizes that organized groups and associations can advocate better for their rights, can effectively protect and responsibly use their resources than when it is done at individual and community levels. Community organising makes it easy for these linkages to be built.
  • KDF employs research, documents and disseminates analytical information clearly highlighting the links between effective leadership, governance and land, pastoralism, resource allocation, and service delivery.
  • All our efforts in promoting effective governance in Karamoja is guided by our firm belief in the efficacy of participation and inclusion in successful development work.

 

 

Land Rights

Pastoralism largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.

Pastoralism contributes a large portion of traditional household foods in the Karamoja region from meat to milk and blood. Pastoralism supports socio-cultural lifestyles of Ngikarimojong. Cattle are used for marriage, making friendship, sacrifice, ploughing, hides and skins, horns and manly identification with bulls in kraals.


In Karamoja, a bull is identified for men and represents a kraal and prestige of a certain clan. In that particular kraal/village, women identify more with cows for milk. These directly feed their families.

Mobility is key for pastoralists to survive and feed their families. Cattle herds are kept close to homesteads during the wet season and down of rains. Herds move extremely longer distances during the wet season or at times migrate for the short term. Some cows, with milk are left behind to take care of dietary demands back home.

Land is therefore an important factor for pastoralism to survive and feed Karimojong families. Accessibility to land that enhances mobility is vital for pastoralism.

Mobility is key for pastoralists to survive and feed their families. Cattle herds are kept close to homesteads during the wet season and down of rains. Herds move extremely longer distances during the wet season or at times migrate for the short term. Some cows, with milk are left behind to take care of dietary demands back home.

Land is therefore an important factor for pastoralism to survive and feed Karimojong families. Accessibility to land that enhances mobility is vital for pastoralism.

Petition Governance

Pastoralism largely relies on availability of pastures and water.

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Campaign Governance

Governance largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

Land Rights Petition

Landrights Petition largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

KDF Campaign

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Land Rights Campaign

Landrights largely relies on availability of pastures and water. In the Karamoja region, characterized by excessive dire drought conditions and unreliable rainfall, these are less likely to predominantly support a sedentary form of life. This makes Pastoralists in Karamoja move in search of pasture and water.

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