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 brief represents preliminary findings on three of the most salient issues that emerged from the visit to Arua: village structure and vulnerable groups, education and early marriage, and repatriation. It will be followed by a more in-depth Working Paper once the research data collected over the course of the four trips has been analysed. This briefing was circulated to key stakeholders for comment prior to its publication on our website.
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Update on the implementation of the recommendations made by the United Nations Secretary-General's Representative on Internally Displaced Persons following his visit to Uganda. Report commissioned by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) 2nd Edition, October 2006

The RLP conducted over 200 in-depth interviews in Arua District in late July and early August 2006, some with self-settled refugees living in Arua town and the majority with refugees living in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement. Government officials and UN and NGO staff working in the settlement and in Arua and Rhino Camp towns were also interviewed. This brief represents preliminary findings related to three of the most salient issues that emerged from the visit to Arua, and will be followed by a more in-depth analysis once all the field studies have been completed. An earlier draft of this document has been circulated to a number of key stakeholders for preliminary comment. However, the RLP welcomes any further comment which can inform our final research output.
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In a context where nearly all residents of Gulu and Kitgum are displaced, government and humanitarian actors have increasingly sought to target those with the greatest need through the identification of ‘vulnerable groups.’ This amorphous population has typically included women, children, the sick, disabled, and elderly. Taken together, these groups in fact form the majority of the internally displaced population of northern Uganda, making the term ‘vulnerable’ almost meaningless. One of the principal findings of this research was that the ‘vulnerable groups’ approach serves to oversimplify the complex socio-economic dynamics that impact upon IDPs’ full enjoyment of human rights. It ignores the ways in which members  of particular  groups take steps to mitigate against their so-called vulnerabilities.
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