In December 2009 the British Government approved a £100 million five year grant, under the Department for International Development (DFID), for a post-conflict development programme (PCDP) in northern Uganda. This programme seeks to contribute to the comprehensive post-conflict recovery and development process in northern Uganda, under the over-arching framework of the Ugandan Government’s Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP). In this regard, the UK government has established a post-conflict programme for Northern Uganda (PCDP) that is aligned to PRDP.
Subsequently, the UK department for International Development approved a proposal from International Alert, Refugee Law Project and Saferworld, requesting support for a project to form an Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS), with the overall aim of assisting DFID and partners in strengthening the potential of the PRDP and recovery process to address the causes of conflict and contribute to sustainable peace and stability.
- Monitoring of the extent to which interventions under the PRDP, particularly those funded by DFID, succeed or fail in achieving peace-building aims;
- Contextual analysis of the overall recovery process (focusing on conflict indicators, issues and dynamics), and early warning as and when necessary;
- Evidence-based advocacy, targeted recommendations, and technical support to improve the recovery and peace-building impact of OPM and other PRDP stakeholders.
- Maintaining a vigilant focus on conflict-sensitivity so that interventions and initiatives under PRDP do no harm and maximize their peace-building potentials.
- Monitoring the peace-building impact of the recovery process in northern Uganda under the framework of PRDP
The work of ACCS covers the following regions: Acholi, Lango, Teso, West Nile and Karamoja, with focus districts identified in the different regions. Besides, annual research visits to southern Sudan will enable ACCS to assess developments there and how these may impact recovery and long-term peace in northern Uganda.
The work of ACCS shall focus on four sectors:
- Local government capacity for equitable service delivery and management.
- The rebuilding and empowerment of the most vulnerable conflict-affected communities.
- The revitalization of the Private Sector and the creation of employment opportunities.
- Engagement of government, civil society and communities in peace-building and reconciliation.
By its mandate, ACCS seeks to particularly strengthen the ability of key stakeholders in the UK government’s Post Conflict Development Programme (PCDP) for Northern Uganda to effectively address the drivers of conflict and contribute to building peace through their interventions.