Briefing Notes and Special Reports

Aside from working papers and seminars the RLP produces a range of publications for multiple purposes. The research is targeted at a range of audiences (eg academia, government officials or the public) and aims to produce information quickly on time-sensitive issues. These result in special reports compiled either through individual consultancies or for external publications, including briefing notes that represent immediate but preliminary observations from the field, letters sent to the national newspapers or advocacy briefs that attempt to bring attention to specific thematic areas.

From 17—21 February 2015 Refugee Law Project conducted a rapid assessment on issues arising from the influx of South Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers into Amuru, Adjumani and Kiryandongo districts in northern Uganda. This briefing paper presents our findings relating to conflict, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, gender and access to justice issues affecting the South Sudanese refugees/asylum seekers and their hosts.

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The Compendium of Conflicts in Uganda 2014 is a ground-breaking work of the Refugee Law Project, School of Law Makerere University. It’s an attempt to establish and integrate the ordinary experiences of Uganda’s multiple conflicts, histories and truths with the view of informing the national understanding and narratives of conflicts and their legacies, as well as mechanisms that can be used to address them. 

A product of over two years of research entitled the National Reconciliation and Transitional Justice (NRTJ) Audit 2011-2013, the Compendium is a narration of lived conflict experiences and perceptions on peace, justice and nation-building from the grassroots. The NRTJ Audit was a participatory research process conducted in 20 districts equally distributed across the different sub-regions of Uganda (Northern, Central, Eastern, Western and Karamoja) as a transitional phase from the RLP’s Beyond Juba Project 1 (2007 – 2011) to the current Beyond Juba Project II (2012- 2015). 

The Audit sought to comprehensively map out pasts and on-going conflicts and their legacies and outstanding accountability and reconciliation issues in Uganda by: documenting in the selected districts, from a community perspective, all armed conflicts experienced by the community and whose legacies remain unaddressed; identifying and assessing the outstanding accountability and reconciliation (transitional justice) needs related to these conflicts; identifying and networking with key stakeholders, local civil society and community based organizations or groups working on transitional justice related issues. 

Through focus group discussions and key informant interviews, the NRTJ Audit documented over 125 conflicts, the vast majority of which involved armed violence, yet remained largely unknown beyond the areas immediately affected and still impacting on locals’ perception of peace, justice and belonging. 

The Compendium reveals diversity in Uganda’s multiple conflicts, but also a common concern to address key forms and sources of fragmentation, and with that, an understanding of cycle of violence and a desire for greater national cohesion.

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This paper was written in collaboration with our partners from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN). It discusses the process and progress of the men and masculinities stream of work at IDS, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This stream of work had the following objectives:
    •   Narrative: To challenge the discursive framing of both “men” and “masculinities” within development policy and programming that hinders progress toward gender justice.
    •   Analysis: To improve understandings of masculinities as they shape the “structures of constraint” that limit the achievement of gender justice and of strategies to address masculinities that can bring about and sustain change within these “structures of constraint.”

    •   Alliance: To strengthen networking and alliance-building between actors within the men and masculinities field and organisations working on issues of gender justice and sexual rights in different policy arenas, to become more effective in influencing global and local policy processes.

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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



This report highlights a range of perspectives and questions raised by people in Uganda on the prospects for justice in relationship to the recent surrender and transfer of Dominic Ongwen - former LRA abductee turned rebel commander - to The Hague to await trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). For opinion leaders and the population within northern Uganda, Ongwen’s case raises dilemmas for the states and justice institutions involved, as well as for the conflict-affected communities

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