Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, Developmemnt studies, Gulu University

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2014
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Development Studies, Makerere Univeristy
Social Networks and Rural Livelihood Patterns in the Post-conflict Northern Uganda

The study investigates the influence of social networks on rural livelihoods of formerly internally displaced persons in northern Uganda, Lango sub-region that has undergone two decades Lord's Resistance Army insurgence and the Government of Uganda (1986-2006). Panel trend analysis will be used to establish the effect of conflict on people's social networks and livelihoods at different stages of conflict. Data will be collected from a sample of 384 households using semi-structured questionnaires, in-depth interviews and Focus Group Discussions. Apparently, social networks determine the livelihood coping strategies of former IDPs. During insurgence, the local communities are displaced into internally displaced people's (IDP) camps, abducted, massacred, forcefully conscripted into the rebel activity and had their livelihood assets destroyed. Suspicion and mistrust increased among family and community members breeding latent grounds for recurrence of conflict hence the quest to explore the coping mechanisms. Keywords: Social Network, Conflict, Displacement, Livelihood Assets, Rural Development