Together with an extensive network of land actors and radio partners across Uganda, TRAC FM facilitates a national radio debate on the issue of land rights. This is the first of a series of topics that will be extensively discussed within the COMMON MATTERS 2 program.

Results from the national SMS poll will reveal what radio listeners think about the registration process of land.

Some reports show that up to 80% of land is still unregistered. Yet land is the most valuable asset to many Uganda. This leaves many land owners and tenants vulnerable to land grabbing, evictions and other rampant land conflicts.

The government has put many institutions in place to support people with registering their land.

Unregistered land is vulnerable to expropriation by the government and grabbing by political and economic elites—an increasingly common occurrence, or can be prone to conflicts, especially when boundaries are not clearly defined. At the same time, there are many advantages to registering land: more value, security of tenure, easily transferred, and many more. However, it might be that too many people experience challenges, such as costs or even the fact that their land is communally owned.

In our second of poll questions of the Common Matters 2: Land Rights campaign, we asked radio listeners what stops them from registering their land. During 10 live talk shows, we will had experts from various parts of the industry debate the topic and elaborate on the current procedure. They will also go into what could be the benefits of having registered land. Results from the national SMS poll were discussed live and revealed what are the biggest registration obstacles for people in the different regions.

Results from the national SMS poll with 15,888 responses indicate that 48% (Majority) say that the process of registering land is too expensive, 24% attributed the problem to the complexity of the registration process, 18% say Land does not belong to an individual and 10% just didn't want to register their land.

Below is a detailed infographic report of the results with how each region of the country participated in answering this question. Download PDF version.

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