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.

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

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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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Article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities should have the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as provided to other persons. Yet, the needs of crisisaffected populations with disabilities are notably absent from global SRH and gender guidelines and standards for humanitarian practice.

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We are pleased to share with you a book chapter titled “Caught between a rock and a hard place: Challenges of refugees with disabilities and their families in Uganda”. This book chapter was written by staff of the Refugee Law Project who have extensively worked with refugees and asylum seekers living with disabilities in Kampala and the refugee settlements of Uganda.
The book chapter was published in a book titled “Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality”,  edited by  David Mitchell and Valerie Karr, and published by Routledge in its series of Routledge Advances In Disability Studies.

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1st October, marks the 24th commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.
Refugee Law project recognizes the contribution of the 6734 older refugees in Uganda(as per UNHCR February 2014) and raises some of the major concerns faced by this group of persons.  In Uganda, the Government, UNHCR and other local and international development partners still have a long way to go in achieving this year’s theme of “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”.

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A collaborative initiative of the RLP and the Kitgum District Local Government. The NMPDC is located in Kitgum district town council - Northern Uganda an area ravaged by over two decades of armed conflict and is struggling to recover in the post-conflict era...
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