Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, Developmemnt studies, Gulu University

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2013
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Development Studies, Makerere Univeristy
Social Networks and Rural Livelihood Patterns in the Post-conflict Northern Uganda

The study will be conducted in northern Uganda, Lango sub-region, Oyam district that has suffered two decades (1996-2006) Lord's Resistance Army insurgence and the Government of Uganda; focusing on community relations and livelihoods. During insurgence, the local communities were displaced from original homes into internally displaced people's (IDP) camps, abducted, massacred, forcefully conscripted into the rebel activity and had their livelihood assets destroyed. This created suspicion and lack of trust among family, friends and community members. Lack of mutual trust and cooperation breed latent grounds for recurrence of conflict. While already vulnerable due to displacement, the new livelihood strategies can increase the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation hence exacerbating conflict. Using panel trend analysis, this study intends to investigate the pre and post conflict forms of community relations, livelihoods patterns and complement the existing theories on integration of social cohesion in reconstruction and sustainable peace.