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.

ACCS Project activity brief. This report highlights peculiar issues, prospects and challenges to post conflict recovery in the northern region that, if not taken care of, could cause a setback to post-conflict development and peace recovery. These include, resource based conflict, social and physical insecurity including conflicts in neighboring Congo and Southern Sudan, border control/smuggling and immigration issues leading to forced migration especially from Congo and Southern Sudan into Uganda.
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Karamoja remains one of the mysteries of Uganda, a zone which few fellow citizens reach, and where few travelers venture. It is an area, an economy and a culture which for many outsiders is captured in a few simplistic terms; “cattle raiders”, “warriors”, and “courtship rape”. All three suggest violence, disregard for fellow human beings, and in particular for women. In exploring these questions for the purposes of designing more context relevant and appropriate responses to SGBV, this report sheds considerable light on gender dynamics among the Jie in Kotido district, and thus offers an important contribution to our understanding of these issues not just in that particular community, but also in agro-pastoralist communities in the wider region.
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ACCS) Project newsletter. By casting the Transitional Justice debate as a national project, the NRTJ Audit validation workshop raises the question of how post-conflict recovery in northern Uganda might be affected by or benefit from experiences and actors in other regions. This newsletter summarizes important cross-cutting conflict and TJ issues that were identified during the validation workshop, and also presents the emerging call for solidarity among CSOs working on national TJ issues. The final section analyses the implications of these findings for recovery in northern Uganda.
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ACCS Project situation report. The land conflict in Lakang largely remains unresolved and has potentials of escalating into violence. Key finding is that the scenario in Lakang is unique and has been described by two major secrets. First is that, Government institutions is being used to grab land under the pretext that the land in question is a game reserve. The second secret is that, the disputed area potentially has mineral resource wealth - and to reduce cost of compensating the locals, it is better done through a single entity. What still remain unattended to is that nobody is willing to tell the truth.
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ACCS Project newsletter. This Conflict Watch presents views from various stakeholders on the controversial initiative to issue Certificates of Customary Ownership to landowners in the Acholi Sub-region. A major highlight of this Roundtable Discussion was the opportunity to hear from experts on the legal, economic, political, social and cultural implications of CCOs. Participants raised many concerns triggered by this measure and also suggested possible action steps, which are summarized in this newsletter.
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