PRESENTATION OF THE NLIS PROJECT
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) has completed the successful implementation of the National Land Information System (NLIS) with support from a consortium led by IGN FI and the World Bank as a key component of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP).
The NLIS represents a major milestone in the Government of Uganda’s goals to improve land governance and strengthen land tenure security in the country starting with the enactment of the 1995 Constitution and 1998 Land Act. The Land Sector Strategic Plans One and Two (LSSP I & II) were developed to provide operational frameworks to realize the objectives 1998 Land Act: 1) restore Uganda’s land registration system, 2) deliver services to support the needs of the economy, 3) establish a modern Land Information System and Land Records Archiving system, 4) develop the institutional capacity and human capital required to ensure inclusive access, equity and social justice, 5) decentralize land services closer to the people, and 6) eliminate land-based constraints to Uganda’s private sector competitiveness, encourage investment and contribute to national development.
In accordance with these plans, MLHUD engaged IGN FI to implement the Design, Supply, Installation, Implementation of the Land Information System and Securing of Land Records (DeSILISoR) Project between February 2010 and February 2013 with support from the World Bank. The DeSILISoR Project involved the development of the land information system (LIS), the digital conversion of over 550 thousand freehold, leasehold and mailo titles, the integration of these digitized titles into the system, the establishment of 6 MZOs and the training of staff to operate and maintain the system. Following the success of this pilot initiative, MLHUD again engaged IGN FI with support from the World Bank to implement the Design, Supply, Installation and Implementation of National Land Information System Infrastructure (DeSINLISI) Project from February 2015 to 2020. The initiative involved the national roll-out of the National Land Information System (NLIS) that fully integrates land registration, land administration, surveying and mapping, physical planning, property valuation and finalized the process of transforming land records into digital format. The computerized system has decentralized land governance with the establishment of 22 self-contained one stop Ministry Zonal Offices (MZOs) now operational across Uganda (Kampala, Jinja, Mukono, Masaka, Mbarara, Wakiso-Kyadondo, Wakiso-Busiro, Lira, Kabarole, Kibaale, Arua, Gulu, Masindi, Mbale, Kabale, Mityana, Luwero, Mpigi, Tororo, Soroti, Moroto and Rukungiri).