Over the past year Restless Development Uganda has been working with the UK Institute of Development Studies and the Pastoralist Communication Initiative to support a team of 24 young people to design and lead action research across three districts in the Karamoja sub-region of Northern Uganda.
The team decide who to speak to, where to visit and what to investigate. Based on their initial field research they identified issues of land, peace and customary law as their focus.
The team’s efforts have been well received in the communities. They have been able to bring together government and communities for discussion and action on the “Ekoi” (news) generated through their research. The team are currently busy finishing a book highlighting their research findings. They plan to share the book at a launch in Karamoja later this year.Their research has included exploring the relationship between communities and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, discussing cross-border conflict with the Turkana, and exploring how people are balancing cultivation and herding.
Ekoi! Land and the ironies of peace: Issue 1 March 2013
Ekoi! Building a Spider’s Web: Issue 2 April 2013
Ekoi! Elders and Young People for Karamoja: Issue 3 July 2013
Ekoi! Etem and Akiriket: Issue 4 September 2013