Securing community land rights in northern Tanzania

Two pioneering grassroots organisations in northern Tanzania, the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) and the Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT), examine and present their experiences and insights from their long-term work to secure the land rights of hunter-gatherer and pastoral communities. In the publication “Securing community land rights: experiences and insights from working to secure hunter-gatherer and pastoralist land rights in northern Tanzania “, brief outlines of the case studies, which were presented at a one-day workshop in October 2012, are preceded by a synopsis of the political economy of land rights in Tanzania, to help contextualise the studies. The publication closes with a synthesis of the lessons and key points raised during the workshop, e.g. that more villages need to be included in the process of securing land rights to make it functional from the village up to the district, and that not only women but also men should be invited to join the training sessions so as to dispel any fears that the meetings are secret or conspiratory in any way.

Posted on 3 March 2013 in Pastoralism & Gender, Pastoralism & Natural Resources, Pastoralism, Policy & Power