DRC-DDG in Uganda
DRC-DDG aims to recreate a safe environment conducive to pursuing quality of life for displaced and conflict affected populations in Uganda. Currently, DRC-DDG works in West Nile, North East, and South Eastern region of the country. Due to the number of people affected by conflict and insecurity in the country, particularly in the pastoralis region of Karamoja, and influx of refugees to the country from the conflict affected countries in East Africa such as DR Congo, Somalia and South Sudan, DRC-DDG aims to extend its services to these population countrywide in the current strategic period 2013-15. DRC-DDG is proud to have delivered on its aim of declaring Uganda mine free by the end of 2012, and aims to build on this success to reduce armed violence in the country, enhancing opportunities for self-reliance and building capacity of the government agencies.
DRC-DDG interventions in Uganda
DRC-DDG has been implementing AVR program in Karamoja since 2010 with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim is to reduce the levels of violence in the communities by addressing the agents such as the perpetrators of armed violence and motivators for acquisition of arms (demand factors), instruments such as unregulated availability of small arms and factors affecting their supply and institutions such as formal structures of governance and informal (traditional and cultural) norms, practices and rules. The interventions include providing conflict management education to the communities and the security providers, encouraging and supporting confidence building measures between the communities and their security providers through regular dialogue meetings and other forums for exchange of views, discouraging ownership of weapons through proactive programs to change attitude towards safety perceptions, bringing up comprehensive community led community safety plans and integrating it to the local government plans, and supporting and facilitating peace dialogues between the conflicting pastoralist tribes.
DRC-DDG partners with World Food Program (WFP) to provide alternative livelihoods solutions to the vulnerable people of Karamoja. This program supplements the AVR program as it addresses the challenge of providing alternative to the weapons which is considered a livelihood means by the people owning it. This program has two major components – public works and household income support. The communities are encouraged to become self-reliant through provision of “skills and tools” along with one time inputs of seeds and seedlings.
Protection of refugees is at the heart of DRC-DDG’s program in West Nile, West and South West region of Uganda. In partnership with UNHCR, DRC-DDG is supporting the refugee and host population with provision of protection and community services, water sanitation and hygiene, and sustainable livelihoods solutions. DRC-DDG Uganda prides in being the pioneer of “farmer field schools” methodology aimed at self-reliance, which is now widely implemented by most agencies in Uganda and abroad.
Infrastructure development work provided by DRC-DDG additionally assists the previously conflict and displacement affected region of West Nile. In partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy, DRC-DDG is implementing DAR-2 program which has helped develop the infrastructures in the five refugee hosting districts in West Nile.
Uplifting the social and economic status of women in the country through the provision of functional literacy and numeracy, and business skills, supported by small grants for businesses start-up is seen as a priority area by DRC-DDG as part of provision of sustainable solutions. This program aims to provide protection and security to the extremely vulnerable people in Karamoja and West Nile. The micro-grants program in Uganda is being expanded with support of the Global Credit Facility (GCF).
DRC-DDG’s future/prospective program in Uganda includes providing support to the government in safe management of stockpiles, and small arms and light weapons, infrastructure development projects throughout the displacement affected parts of the country, and provision of integrated community driven recovery and development solutions.