Things have been busy here nearing the halfway point of my structural transformation design fellowship.
In addition to continuing excellent investigations, legal representation and aftercare for our individual clients who are victims of illegal land seizure, IJM-Uganda’s structural transformation (ST) team is kicking it into high gear. We have project concept notes and budgets due plus local council leadership and police trainings begin in our ST pilot area over the next month.
Here are a few things I have been busy with:
- Writing a comprehensive memo for my boss and HQ sharing all that I have learned about the World Bank’s project to digitize and revamp Land Registries and Land Administration in Uganda
- Meetings with the Judiciary of Uganda’s IT department and consulting company regarding the Justice Law & Order Sector’s plans to install court recording/stenography systems in a pilot high courts
- Drawing up budget estimates for the next five years of court improvements–including expanding the court recording pilot, installing new shelving and implementing new systems to track case files, increasing number of case tracking management computers, installing alternative power sources to combat continued power outages, and public information boards at each court in our pilot area
- Drafting letters and MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) and coordinating meetings with partner agencies to formalize our working relationships and request approval for trainings regarding best practices for combating land grabbing
- Writing a research memo for my boss & HQ about how we can quantifiably measure the outcomes of our cooperative reform efforts in the courts at the end of our ST project
- Continuing to meet regularly with clerks, office supervisors, registrars, magistrates and judges in our project area to learn about their jobs, systems, and resourcing & training needs.
It is busy, stretching, fraught with new challenges, sometimes overwhelming… but good. Sometimes I have to get my eyes off of myself and my myopic deadlines to see what amazing things God is doing through IJM in our staff, in our clients’ lives, in Uganda, throughout the world–and in me.
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