Effectiveness of Land Policy in Curbing Illegal Land Evictions in Uganda

3ie requested researchers to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to design rigorous impact evaluations of the new land policy aimed at curbing illegal land evictions in Uganda.

Land-related conflicts are rampant in Uganda. Conflict-induced migration, historical legacies in land tenure, and lack of adequate capacity to dispute-resolution have led to illegal evictions, land-grabbing and conflict. The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is interested in designing and evaluating the recently enacted National Land Policy and associated interventions that improve land use and management in Uganda.

For more information about this call, please read the Request for Qualification (RFQ) (293.8 KB) .

This call is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 24 July 2015.

The deadline for submitting questions regarding this request for qualifications was 23 June 2015. The answers to the questions 3ie received are available in this  Q&A document (159.9 KB)

All key documents required for this application are available on the How to Apply page.

At a glance

  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, could apply. 
  • The lead grant-holding organisation may be located anywhere in the world. The research team should, however, include at least one Ugandan national who is a resident of Uganda and working for an organisation that is registered in Uganda as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI with a substantive role in designing the impact evaluation.
  • The Government of Uganda may nominate a national land expert to work on the study. The nomination of the expert will be by mutual agreement between the government and 3ie and his/her CV will be shared with the selected team.
  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase a proposal preparation grant will be awarded.
  • Proposals received in the first phase will reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria. A preparation grant of up to US$20,000 will be made to the qualifying research team. 
  • Full impact evaluation grant will be awarded in the second phase. 

About Uganda’s National Land Policy 2013

Land-related conflicts are rampant in Uganda. Conflict-induced migration, historical legacies in land tenure, and lack of adequate capacity to dispute-resolution have led to illegal evictions, land-grabbing and conflict. This is further intensified by the growing demand for land investment especially in the oil-rich regions of Uganda. The resultant inefficiencies in land use and management are considered to be the root cause of high inequality, violence and poverty in Uganda.

MLHUD is responsible for ensuring a rational, sustainable and effective use and management of land, and provide safe, planned and adequate housing for socio-economic development. The recently enacted National Land Policy in 2013 calls for reinstatement of land tribunals and creation of special divisions in Magistrate and the High Courts for enabling better use of land resources and curbing illegal land eviction. 

The preparation grants awarded under this window will enable the selected research team to design a rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation of the new land policy in Uganda. The research team will be required to work in close collaboration with MLHUD, OPM and other agencies involved in the implementation of the programme.

About OPM and MLHUD 

It is OPM’s constitutional mandate to monitor government programmes, more specifically through the Government Evaluation Facility (GEF) which was set up to: 

  • Design, conduct, commission and disseminate evaluations on public policies and major public investments, as directed by the Cabinet; and
  • Oversee improvements in the quality and utility of evaluations conducted across the government at a decentralised level. 

And MLHUD has a mandate to:

  • Ensure a rational, sustainable and effective use and management of land and orderly development of urban and rural areas; and
  • Ensure safe, planned and adequate housing for socio-economic development.

3ie's Policy Window 

3ie’s Policy Window funds high-quality, mixed-methods impact evaluations commissioned by a 3ie member organisation to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of an experimental or quasi-experimental counterfactual to examine the full programme causal chain to answer questions about what works, why, how and at what cost.

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