Orphans' property rights in Uganda: A case study of Rakai Distric.
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The study sought to explore the challenges faced by stakeholders in the quest to promote and protect orphans’ property rights in Uganda. In spite of interventions from the government, local governments and Non-governmental organizations, orphans continued to lose properties. This therefore necessitated carrying out a study to find out how the problem could be addressed. Several conclusions were drawn from the study and these include; Inadequacies in translation of the term ‘rights of children’ bred misunderstanding, there was an irony where by the community were aware of the problems faced by the orphans but denial of property rights continued, awareness of children’s rights was inadequate hence requiring more efforts towards sensitization, proper execution of the laws especially those on child rights and translating them into local languages was deemed necessary, the department of probation and social welfare was operationally ineffective due to inadequate staffing and facilitation, the administrator general mandated by law to manage assets of deceased persons was not very effective due to poor facilitation, the local leadership that was supposed to play an instrumental role in promoting and protecting the property rights of orphans was suffering from a declining spirit of voluntarism and lastly, the campaign for promoting and protecting property rights of orphans required the support of all stakeholders including the NGOs, but worthy noting was the fact that most of the NGOs were not monitoring those in charge of orphans’ properties. The study came up with the following recommendations; the term rights of children should be carefully translated into local languages for better understand, sensitization strategies should be reviewed to enhance effectiveness and improve the level of awareness, the administrator general’s office should open up branches at district level to improve its operational effectiveness, more CDAs should be recruited and facilitated to handle matters of orphans and vulnerable children, the local leaders especially Vice chairpersons of local councils should be empowered and motivated to handle child matters with provision of at least a bicycle to ease their work, the campaign for promotion of the property rights of orphans should go along with the empowerment of the community to fight poverty, and lastly, much as more collaboration with NGOs is urged, NGOs should change focus from over concentration on social and economic development activities and supplement government efforts towards promotion and protection of property rights of orphans.