Ujamaa-CRT has evolved and grown over the years to meet the needs of the communities where it works within the changing context of northern Tanzania. Since its inception UCRT has expanded and refined its approach in helping communities sustainably manage and benefit from their land and natural resources.
- UCRT facilitated sustainable land use and natural resource management at local levels through the development of village land use plans, associated village bylaws, and capacity-building of local institutions (i.e. Village Councils, Village Assemblies)
- UCRT expanded upon its land use planning and bylaws support to also helping communities secure their village lands and resources by obtaining Certificates of Village Land (CVLs) that document and formalize the boundaries of village lands
- We assisted communities in strengthening their traditional leadership structures and negotiating/leveraging partnerships with tourism companies to their advantage
- In 2008, the United Nations Development Programme selected UCRT to receive the prestigious Equator Prize in recognition of contributions to conservation and development in Tanzania
- UCRT has strengthened tenure agreements beyond CVLs through communal Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCROs), a legal instrument that formalizes collective tenure arrangements for pastoralists and hunter-gatherers
- We have established Women's Rights and Leadership Forums (WRLFs) to promote women's rights to own and make decisions over land and property, as well as entrepreneurial ventures and access to financial support
- In 2016, former Executive Director Edward Loure won the Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa on behalf of UCRT for its historic work in establishing CCROs as an effective tool for strengthening land tenure security for both pastoralist and hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania. The Goldman Prize is the world's largest award honouring grassroots environmental activists, and Edward Loure is the first Tanzanian to receive the prize