Are We There Yet? - ACCS PRDP III Briefing

The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP)’s second phase is running its final lap and is set to wind down in June 2015. Conversation is now raging at different levels on whether or not to have a further phase of PRDP and if yes, what it would look like, and what its funding mechanism would be. The key questions that persist are; has northern Uganda got its fair share? Has PRDP as a post-conflict recovery strategy worked? What issues still need attention? How and where do we go from here?

Over the last six months, the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS) has been engaging different PRDP stakeholders in the eight sub-regions of Acholi, Lango, Bunyoro, Teso, Lango, Elgon, Bukedi and more recently West Nile to discuss their perspectives on a potential PRDP successor program.

A policy brief highlighting the discussions during those stakeholder meetings has been prepared. This policy brief is intended to inform the conversation around a potential PRDP successor program. It summarizes keys issues and perspectives that have impacted on PRDP implementation to date, and makes key recommendations on the way forward Download

 

South–Sudan Crisis: Impact on Northern Uganda.

ACCS Project's Rapid Assesment Report. From the time the current violent conflict started in South Sudan, the Districts bordering South Sudan within Northern Uganda have been receiving refugees fleeing from the conflict in large numbers.  The immediate concerns have been security implications for post-conflict northern Uganda and attendant humanitarian crisis. This report assessed  the situation on the ground  inside the  Ugandan  border and highlights the  issues,  figures, patterns and perceptions of refugees, asylum seekers, and key stakeholders. The report also looked at the immediate social-economic  and political impact of the crisis within the refugee  host districts including the relationships between the asylum seekers/refugees and local communities. The report was prepared for early warning purposes and presented sub-regional leaders (LCVs, RDCs, DPCs, CAOs, DISOs, and UPDF representatives) from Acholi and West Nile sub-regions in Gulu on 20th January 2014.
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ACCS - Northern Uganda Conflict Analysis

ACCS - Northern Uganda Conflict AnalysisSix years after the guns fell silent, and months into the second iteration of the Peace, Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP), the question of whether northern Uganda is truly at peace remains unanswered in many people’s minds. An examination of regional and sub-regional conflict drivers by the three members of the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS) - International Alert, Refugee Law Project, Saferworld - over 2010-2012 aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of conflict drivers that have the potential to undermine development and peacebuilding efforts underway in PRDP II. It focuses on people’s perceptions of whether the PRDPs and associated interventions are increasing the likelihood of long-term peace and stability in the region. This conflict analysis reveals that many communities in northern Uganda appear to be in a state of latent conflict, with increasingly frequent manifestations of overt conflict including clashes between communities and government officials, violent community disputes over resources, and sexual and gender-based violence. The inadequately addressed legacies of the war with the Lord’s Resistance Army, fuelled by new and long-standing grievances, are keeping communities in a state of unease where trigger events can lead to a rapid escalation of violence. Conflict drivers identified in this analysis (such as land grabbing, corruption, and competition over natural resources) are creating a context that many respondents believe will lead to a return to overt conflict, whether in the form of increasing social unrest or more organised violence. Download the full report

We saw what was done but not our will was done: Assessing the impact of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan 1 in northern Uganda

The Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP) was launched in 2009 after an elongated planning process which began in 2007. It was designed to address the needs of Northern Uganda as it emerged from two decades of conflict. The multi-donor framework, focused on four areas: consolidation of state authority, rebuilding and empowering communities, economic revitalisation and peacebuilding and reconciliation. However, the document has struggled to achieve its stated ambitions.

This baseline study addresses the impact of PRDP I as a way of providing a baseline for the second phase, which began in July 2012. The study was done under the auspices of the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS). This looks to deliver contextual analysis of the overall recovery process focusing on conflict
indicators, actors and dynamics, identifying early warning messages for advocacy purposes.

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Health and Peace Recovery: Situation Report on Nodding Syndrome Case Management

ACCS Project activity brief. This report is a follow up on the developments associated with Nodding Syndrome (NS) in northern Uganda. It serves as a catalyst in advocacy for sufficient response to the plight of NS patients in post conflict northern Uganda. It calls for the establishment of conditions that can meet the basic needs and aspirations of the victims as was observed in the International Scientific Meeting on Nodding Syndrome in August 2012 in Kampala. Though the report is limited to developments associated with Nodding Syndrome disease in Kitgum district, it serves as a reminder to concerned stakeholders that the NS remains a challenge and needs an adequate response.
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The Brunt of Forceful Evictions in Post Conflict Societies: A case Documentation of Apaa Village, Amuru District

ACCS Project activity brief. This report discusses the implications and dynamics that the eviction exercises had within the lenses of conflict, governance, recovery and transition in post conflict society. It also suggests that there is need for concrete involvement of the state to resolve the dispute in Apaa in the most transparent and satisfactory manner. Lastly, the report is a representation of materials and data collected from various resourceful persons in Apaa in the year 2012 while focusing on key conflict issues, errors, and early warnings.
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Contextualising Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) In Post-Conflict Environment: "A Case Documentation of Paimol Sub County in Agago District"

ACCS Project newsletter. Gender violence is one of the numerous development challenges in post conflict societies and this manifests in form of rape, defilement, early marriage, wife battering, denial of rights and property grabbing among others. This is a case documentation of Paimol Sub County. The report contextualizes the realities, causes, effects, challenges and community recommendations to ending violence in Paimol; it also acknowledges that SGBV affects house hold development and post conflict recovery.
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Thrown Along the Way: Community Perspectives on Conflict Drivers in the Implementation of the Peace and Recovery Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda

ACCS Project activity brief. This report highlights peculiar issues, prospects and challenges to post conflict recovery in the northern region that, if not taken care of, could cause a setback to post-conflict development and peace recovery. These include, resource based conflict, social and physical insecurity including conflicts in neighboring Congo and Southern Sudan, border control/smuggling and immigration issues leading to forced migration especially from Congo and Southern Sudan into Uganda.
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"Transitional Justice for the Region or the Nation?": Views from CSO Leaders at the National Validation Workshop for the NRTJ Audit

ACCS) Project newsletter. By casting the Transitional Justice debate as a national project, the NRTJ Audit validation workshop raises the question of how post-conflict recovery in northern Uganda might be affected by or benefit from experiences and actors in other regions. This newsletter summarizes important cross-cutting conflict and TJ issues that were identified during the validation workshop, and also presents the emerging call for solidarity among CSOs working on national TJ issues. The final section analyses the implications of these findings for recovery in northern Uganda.
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