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On 16 and 17 March, International Alert together with the World Bank organised a unique regional conference in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on supporting small-scale cross-border trade in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Social accountability vital for building trust in post-election Uganda – new report
London/ Kampala/ Washington DC, 1 March 2016: Development projects that pay greater attention to social accountability can improve citizen-state relations and trust in Uganda and other fragile countries, according to new research by peacebuilding organisation International Alert published today.
A new report by International Alert has revealed a growing confidence in sustained peace and security in northern Uganda, following the end of the 21-year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government forces, which ended in 2008.
International Alert’s new report, Trading with neighbours, examines the realities of trade relations between business communities in Uganda and South Sudan*.
Six 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.
This report is based on a three-year research project on gender in peacebuilding, which involved field research in four countries (Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda), with a thematic focus on four areas of peacebuilding:
Lessons from the Great Lakes region in Africa
One of the positive results of peace processes and political transitions in the Great Lakes region in Africa during the last ten to fifteen years has been the representation and increased involvement of women in politics and in the public sphere. This major step forward in favour of women was primarily achieved thanks to the adoption of quota systems, as well as through co-optation.
1 Executive Summary
Focusing on theories of change can improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. A review of 19 peacebuilding projects in three conflict-affected countries found that the process of articulating and reviewing theories of change adds rigour and transparency, clarifies project logic, highlights assumptions that need to be tested, and helps identify appropriate participants and partners. However, the approach has limitations, including the difficulty of gathering theory-validating evidence.
This second issue of International Alert, Uganda's Investing in Peace briefing paper series reviews the current status of oil exploration, plans for production, and the policy environment for managing oil in Uganda. Its focus is on the potential for oil to trigger or exacerbate violent conflict in Uganda at different levels: national, local and cross-border with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alert's research suggests that conflict risks associated with oil have to date been overlooked.
Kampala, Uganda, 10 September 2009 - A new report examining the potential of Uganda's newly discovered oil reserves was released today by peacebuilding NGO International Alert.
The 'Mobilising the Ugandan Business Community for Peace' scoping study project undertaken by International Alert and funded by Swedish SIDA, ran from October 2005-July 2006. The purpose of the research was to assess the potential of the private sector in Uganda to address Uganda's conflicts and contribute to peacebuilding.