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Uganda Promotes A New Land Information System

Aumentum, Blog, News March 25, 2014


Uganda photograph

500,000 Titles & land administration files digitized. 16,500 Maps rehabilitated & scanned. 14,300 Maps geo-refrenced. 4,500 Maps vectorized.

I am in Washington D.C. this week representing Thomson Reuters at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. This is an exciting week for our team as it affords us the opportunity to share the stage on Thursday with one of our clients in Africa, Uganda. The Minister, the Honorable Daudi Migereko from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, will discuss implementation of the Land Information System (LIS) in Uganda.

Phase I of the project started with the design of the land information system and piloting of the system in six Ministry Zonal Offices. This Project began in February 2010, and was funded by the World Bank, implemented by the IGN and supported with Thomson Reuters Aumentum software and services. Phase 1 was successfully signed off and approved by the Ugandan parliament and the World Bank Committee this February and work on Phase 2 is expected to start later this year.

The main objective of the Project was to contribute to the establishment of an efficient land administration system in Uganda, to facilitate and improve the delivery of basic land services to Ugandan citizens and improve land tenure security.

The project results have been impressive:

  1. More than 200 staff members of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development have been trained to manage and use the system.
  2. During the course of development and implementation of the LIS the ranking of Uganda improved by 37 positions in the World Bank Doing Business Report.
  3. According to World Bank statistics, property transfers once took more than 200 days to complete. Now they can be done in just 52 days. And obtaining a mortgage, which once take more than a week, can now be accomplished in about three days.
  4. Title search times have disappeared. A process that once took more than a year can now be completed instantaneously; the backlog of unprocessed land registrations has been eliminated; and confidence in real estate agents, mortgage finance organizations and private developers have increased.

You can read more about the success of this project here. The partnership between the Uganda Ministry of Lands and Thomson Reuters has certainly proven to provide great success.

Under Phase II, which is also funded by the World Bank, the LIS is to be enhanced through inclusion of land use, land valuation and survey functions, enhancement of system security as well as a transition to online services for citizens.

If you are attending the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, please join us to hear more about the projects at one or both of the following sessions:

March 26, 12:00, Room C2-131
Interactive Workshop: Transformational Land Registration And Land Administration Solutions

March 27, 13:00, MC 2-800
SPR-23: Setting Standards to maximize social benefits from investments in spatial data infrastructure