The 3 day Training of Trainers which started on 15th February 2017 was held at Sports View Hotel, Kireka and was attended by 30 grassroot women leaders. Participants were drawn from government, National Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organizations and cultural institutions from different regions in Uganda represented by eight districts i.e. Jinja, Bugiri, Mityana, Kampala, Mukono, Adjumani, Pader, Kabong, Mbale. The training focused on exposing grassrrot women leaders to pro-poor and gender responsive land tools specifically Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) and Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) aimed to:
- Support further consolidation and refinement of land tools (STDM and GEC) that have demonstrated success based on previous research, pilots and implementation.
- Support peer to peer learning and capacity building efforts towards the implementation, testing or piloting of STDM and GEC.
- To enable the participants to acquire the skill and map out their relationships with and uses of land
- Promote collaboration and foster partnership among member organizations at different levels.
The Head of National Land Policy Secretariat in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Ms. Noame Kabanda opened the training, particularly welcoming and appreciating participants from upcountry. She recognized the presence of all grassroots organizations, government officials, development partners and cultural leaders like the Paramount Chief of Madi from Adjumani district in West Nile – Uganda. She informed participants that government’s partnership and participation in the on-going processes is very critical for their success and thus pledged continued support on behalf of MLHUD. Ms. Kabanda asked land actors to use innovative land tools (STDM and GEC) to measure the impact of their programs and check their gender sensitivity. She urged participants to adopt the tools as they are already in use across the globe.
The participants were later introduced to GEC and STDM after introductory remarks from Mino from Huairou Commission and Dr. Samuel Mabikke from UN-Habitat/GLTN. Perhaps, the most interesting session to the participants was the field work on the second day. Field work was carried out in Nabusugwe-Misindye village in Goma sub-county, Mukono district, the home of Mr. Musoke Edward, a trustee of family Mailo land of about 30 acres which is occupied and used by him and the different members of his extended family. Using hand-held GNSS receivers, trainees in four groups picked extents of the whole land and the different portions occupied and used by Mr. Musoke and the other members of his extended family. A questionnaire installed on tablets was used to collect social-economic data of the families utilizing the different parcels on the estate.
From the field, trainees were taught how to download data from the tablets into excel sheets and importing data from the GPS into STDM/QGIS to produce maps, reports and certificates. However, some trainees found this process difficult especially those who were computer illiterate. They requested for more time and guidance on this process.
On the last day, the sessions focused on exposing participants to GEC. The trainers introduced the tool before grouping the participants as Community Based Organizations (CBO), Government officials, National NGOs, cultural leaders and using the 22 GEC questions each group checked if their work/programmes considers the needs and interests of both men and women thus promoting equitable gender relations.
Finally, Beauty from People’s Process on Housing and Poverty (PPHPZ) - Zambia shared PPHPZ’s experience on using STDM and GEC in Mungule and Chamuka Chiefdoms to enable women to enjoy their land rights in an environment that is highly governed by customary practices. She reported that many men have started understanding and supporting women’s ownership of land and property in Chamuka chiefdom.