In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. One of the affected communities, located in Uganda’s Mubende district, signed an agreement with the New Forests Company (NFC), the British company involved, in July 2013.
On May 30, the second affected community in neighbouring Kiboga district also signed a final agreement with NFC. This agreement was reached through a process of mediation facilitated by the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO). The CAO handles complaints from communities affected by investments made by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.
Oxfam welcomes that both the Mubende and Kiboga communities were able to reach agreements with NFC through mediation. Oxfam supported the communities in the mediation process as an advisor because we felt that it offered the best opportunity for the communities to achieve redress.
As part of the agreement reached with the Kiboga community, NFC will contribute funds into a community-run cooperative that has been set-up by the affected community. NFC will also implement development projects to benefit the Kiboga community.
Read the CAO’s report about the agreement signed by the Kiboga community and NFC.
Read about the implementation of the agreement that was signed by the Mubende community and NFC in July 2013.
Oxfam remains committed to ensuring that land rights are respected in all World Bank projects, by private investors, and through its work with communities on land rights in over 30 countries worldwide.