Judy Adoko is one of the founding members of CPAR Uganda. She is also a founder member of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), which was founded in 2003; and she is currently the Executive Director of LEMU.
She is a Lawyer, an advocate and Development Specialist with over 30 years of work experience. She has made an outstanding contribution in promoting the recognition, understanding and support of Uganda’s customary land tenure. The magnitude of her contribution is evidenced by the current National Land Policy in Uganda which recognizes the customary land tenure system to be at par with the other three land tenure systems in Uganda. Uganda’s current National Land Policy no longer allows conversion of customary tenure to Freehold.
No wonder, her lobby work is evidence based and is informed by her research work and the over 30 LEMU publications she has authored. She excelled while working with international NGOs such as Voluntary Services Overseas and Oxfam GB during which she managed development programmes on human rights and emergency programmes in Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi. She worked with the Ministry of Lands in Tanzania as a Registrar of Titles and as a legal assistant in advocate firms in Tanzania and in Uganda.