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The Uganda research programme

The Greater North of Uganda is home to hundreds of thousands of conflict-affected individuals who have suffered serious human rights violations as a result of the protracted conflict  between the Government of Uganda (GoU) and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Under international law and, to a lesser extent, the Ugandan constitution, persons who have suffered serious crimes and violations have a right to redress, remedy and reparation , and it is understood from recent studies that such people’s priorities cover a range of issues, including: physical and mental health services; education services; assistance to recover housing, land and inheritance; youth empowerment; public acknowledgement of harm and apologies; information on the ‘disappeared’; and proper treatment of the dead.

For persons who have suffered serious crimes and violations, reparation often requires an official acknowledgement of state responsibility (by commission or omission) for harms suffered. The process by which reparation is promoted, and how people are treated during processes of reparation, is of paramount importance.  Hence, in the eyes of those who have suffered serious crimes and violations, the legitimacy of the state is sharply in focus.

The SLRC Uganda research programme will focus on both: a) persons, households and communities who have suffered serious violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law; and b) broader conflict-affected households and their communities. The programme is based on three core research themes.

  1. (Re)Building state-society relations through effective programming: how do war victims perceive the Ugandan state?
  2. Informing engagement: mechanisms and arrangements for better service delivery in Northern Uganda
  3. Tracking changes: What are the enabling and constraining factors that determine livelihood trajectories?

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The team

The Uganda research programme is being led by Feinstein International Center, based at Tufts University, in collaboration with ODI and two Ugandan partner organizations, the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) and the Women’s Rural Development Network (WORUDET).  

Contact us

Feinstein International Center, Tufts University  
114 Curtis Street Somerville
Massachusetts 02144
Tel: (617) 627-3423 
Fax: (617) 627-3428 
Email: slrc@odi.org.uk
Title Author Summary Country Date
Gender, youth and urban labour market participation: evidence from the catering sector in Lira, Northern Uganda Drawing on qualitative data this study seeks to generate evidence on how urban labour markets actually work through an investigation of young people’s participation in the catering sector of Lira – a large and expanding town in post-conflict northern Uganda. Uganda 16/12/2014
The war-wounded and recovery in northern Uganda Dyan Mazurana, Anastasia Marshak, Jimmy Hilton Opio, Rachel Gordon and Teddy Atim This briefing paper summarises key findings regarding war-wounded households, building upon findings presented in the larger working paper, “Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda.” Uganda 23/05/2014
The impact of serious crimes during the war on households today in northern Uganda Dyan Mazurana, Anastasia Marshak, Jimmy Hilton Opio, Rachel Gordon and Teddy Atim This briefing paper summarises key findings regarding war-wounded households, building upon findings presented in the larger working paper, “Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda.” Uganda 23/05/2014
Recovery in northern Uganda: How are people surviving post-conflict? Dyan Mazurana, Anastasia Marshak, Jimmy Hilton Opio, Rachel Gordon and Teddy Atim This briefing paper summarises key findings from the larger working paper, “Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda.” Uganda 23/05/2014
Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance: baseline evidence from Uganda Dyan Mazurana, Anastasia Marshak, Jimmy Hilton Opio, Rachel Gordon and Teddy Atim In 2012/13, SLRC implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and experience of basic services, exposure to shocks and coping strategies, and people’s perceptions of governance. Uganda 15/05/2014
Livelihoods, basic services and social protection in Northern Uganda and Karamoja Kirsten Gelsdorf, Daniel Maxwell and Dyan Mazurana This working paper synthesises current evidence on how people are recovering their livelihoods and accessing basic services and social protection interventions in the conflict-affected regions of Uganda’s Greater North. Uganda 03/09/2012