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.

This presentation titled “Identifying sexual violence and access to HIV service among male refugees in Uganda” was delivered in Bangkok in October 2013 during SVRI conference, and was jointly developed with our partners from Johns Hopkins University of Public Health.

In January 2013, the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere Universtiy started a collaborative research project on “Assessment Screening to Identify Survivors Toolkit for Gender Based Violence (ASIST-GBV) for Men and Boys in Uganda” funded by the United States Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration funded this project. It builds on JHU’s previous research and success in developing the ASIST-GBV to screen and identify female refugee and IDP survivors of GBV in Ethiopia and Colombia, as well as on Refugee Law Project’s extensive experience working in Uganda with male refugee and IDP survivors of sexual violence.

The aim of the project was to develop a screening tool for systematic identification of refugees and IDP men and boy survivors of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to this project, no such screening tool has ever been developed, and it is seemed highly probable that only a small proportion of male survivors of GBV ever report their experience and/or access appropriate services.

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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

This baseline survey conducted in November to December 2012 was intended to guide activity implementation for the Access to Justice Project for forced migrants funded by Democratic Governance Facility in the districts of Mbarara, Isingiro, Hoima, Masindi and Kiryandongo. The survey was carried out to explore access to justice realities in order to inform RLP’s project implementation and ensure provision of need based services. The findingsfrom the study will also inform the Justice, Law and Order Sector on critical areas for intervention.

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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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Refugee Law Project organized a roundtable discussion with Police officers and Police Surgeons that took place on Wednesday 19th April 2013. The roundtable was a result of key issues emerging from the various trainings, which suggested a need to conduct several follow-ups, including the roundtable, to maximize effective response to and prevention of Sexual Gender Based Violence and Persecution.

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