Case Study: Dialogue in Displacement-Affected Communities in the Borderlands of Uganda

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DRC/DDG, Save the Children, ZOA and CEFORD are the implementing partners for the EUTF and DANIDA co-funded “Support Program to Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU)” that focus on conflict management, livelihoods, education and research. The intervention aims to reduce the risk of violent conflict between host communities and refugees in Adjumani, Rhino Camp, Kiryandongo and Yumbe. DRC/DDG is the technical lead for conflict management, and alongside the Project Management Unit, engaged regional technical support to ensure that the conflict management teams had the appropriate knowledge and skills to implement the proposed activities.

“People will not have what to eat if their crops keep being destroyed by conflict, there will be no development without Peace.
 A lot of the other agencies keep building infra-structure and doing what they call ‘tangible things’, but only DRC listened to us when we said, there is no point in doing those things if people are going to fight at the water point, fight at the school, fight at the food distribution line… ”
LC Chair, Adjumani

After initial revision of the Conflict Management, the Country team used a PDIA approach to re-shape and re-focus the intervention. They have brought in regional expertise and the DDG’s technical lead from Karamoja. After a lessons learnt workshop with the field teams from DRC, Save the Children, CEFORD  and ZOA and an overall assessment of the existing materials, the teams decided to use the conflict analyses to focus on specific area-based inter-communal conflicts that would have the biggest impact on peaceful coexistence.

Bearing this in mind, the DDG regional and Uganda teams developed a technical strategy with additional trainings, tools and QA support for the entire consortium in order to steer the teams towards a collective understanding of conflict sensitivity and conflict management.

“Before DRC, there were a lot of natural resource-related conflicts, with us, with the refugees, but now the conflicts have reduced… By a large number.”
Women leader, LC, Ayilo II

“[The] Refresher conflict management training has helped, especially in the conflict management between the groups [refugees and host communities]  and that has made them work closer. Even I was a case of mistaken identity and because we had this relationship, I was helped by the LC leadership and not chased by the host community.”
Male refugee leader, Maaji

The success of this component is now well-documented, with both refugee and host communities reporting that they work better together. Additional results are the drastic reduction of water point disputes in Kiryandongo and better managed land disputes in Rhino Camp, Adjumani and Yumbe.

For more information, please find the link for the DRC/DDG Uganda country programme: https://drc.ngo/where-we-work/east-africa/uganda