IDO implemented the first land project under the protection program funded by NPA through an alliance of civil society working on land rights from 2012 to 2013 covering Unity State (Mayom and Abiemnom counties) for a period of one (1) year. For a period of nine (9) months, IDO was short of funds for the protection project to continue running due to 2013 December crisis.
In October 2014, IDO re-activated the protection program and re-developed partnership with Norwegian people’s Aid (NPA).
The following were the objectives of the project;
- Aware communities that South Sudan has a Land Act which came to force in 2009.
- Enhance the communities understanding of the Land Act’s purpose to the South Sudanese communities or citizens.
- Ensure that the Target groups understand that in South Sudan Land is owned by all the people of South Sudan.
- Expose communities to the various ways land can be acquired and owned.
- To Equip communities with knowledge of Rights to Access to Land for the purposes of residence and livelihood as shared resource regulated by the Land Act rules and regulations.
The project included a series of activities and the topics covered during the trainings/workshops on South Sudan Land Act 2009 Disseminations based on the following key messages with help from graphics materials and training manual provided by (NPA/GATDET) during the period 2012 – 2013;
- Coordination meeting to bring the community based groups and other constituency stakeholders together and discuss the implementations process of the Land awareness project.
- The South Sudan Land Act of 2009.
- Land belongs to the people of South Sudan and its usage is regulated by the Government, the South Sudan Land commission is the principle of Authority to address on Land matters
- All Land Acquisition must be documented
- Every citizen is entitled to Land for the purposes of livelihood and development, both men and Women of South Sudan have equal rights to Land .
- Land administration is present at local level (Payam, County and State)
- Administration of Land is to be done with consultation of communities.
- Community compensation for Land expropriated for public use.
- Mediation is the best way to resolve disputes between communities and the government