Stipends/payment for Community Land Mobilizers - strategies?

A hot topic of discussion among organizations implementing Community Land Protection programs is how and whether to pay or reimburse Community Land Mobilizers for their time and expenses associated with organizing meetings and supporting their communities.

  • Do you/Will you pay CLMs or provide some form of stipend?
  • When do you provide the pay/reimbursements? Is it linked to completion of certain activities or steps?
  • How did you arrive at that design?
  • How well is it working? Have there been any challenges?

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For LEMU in Uganda, a standard amount of about 1.5$ and utmost 3$ is given only after they have mobilized and the activity/meeting is successful with more than 100 community members attending.

Therefore, LEMU ties this amount to output which is them being able to mobilize and more than 100 community members attending the activity/meeting. The CLMs have other roles such as facilitating at meetings in LEMU’s absence, taking lead in facilitating villages level rules writing and adoptions in LEMU’s absence and they receive the same amount once the activity has been successful.

This amount is to reimburse their communication and transport costs as they do the mobilization.


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We do provide a stipend to the CLMs which we do it at every monthly.We thought of it and saw it was important to consider the stipend and sustain the CLMs throughout the project period since we will need that duration.With this we try to ensure that we at least do an activity in the field or even assign them to do an activity and report back under our/my guidance.The challenges arises from the other community leaders whom we also engage and whom feel that they deserve a stipend too for their great role in mobilizing the community.

Samorai john

Phone:+254710212956 Skype:Johnsamorai Twitter:@samoraijohn

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With “Justice Pour Tous” in DRC, we often give 400 $ to group of 10 paralegals per a year. They use this amount in “income generating activity” for their expenses like communication, transport and others


Comme défis: il arrive souvent que les parajuristes se distribuent de l’argent au lieu de le rentabiliser davantage dans une activité génératrice des revenus. Quand nous leur demandons comment évolue l’AGR (activité génératrice des revenus, ils nous disent que l’activité est tombée en faillite.

Les outils de micro finance : AVEC (association villageoise d’épargne et de crédit), Muso (mutuelle de solidarité) permettraient aux para juristes de se prendre en charge


That’s a fascinating model, @jpttony - combining the stipend for paralegals with a microfinance model almost! Why did you decide to try it in a group model, versus just giving a stipend to each individual paralegal? Was it to encourage the group to undertake a income generating project together? I could imagine it might seem like a burden if it is adding additional work (seeing as the work of a paralegal is already quite demanding in some contexts). Do paralegals seem to appreciate this model, or do you think they would rather just getting a direct stipend?


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