Project Relevance

Project Relevance

The ENRECA Gulu project is grounded in the local context of post conflict and complex dynamics of human security experienced by the communities of Northern Uganda.

All project activities are geared towards the aim of achieving a deeper understanding of the context and building capacities for meaningful engagement with the dynamics, which compromise the human security of persons and communities in the area.

The continued situation relevance of the project is ensured and supported by the project's:

  • Embeddedness in the locality
  • Investigation into the lives of community members through the Demographic Surveillance System (DSS)
  • Research into various aspects of human security experienced,
  • Ongoing dialogue with, and feedback of results to,┬ácommunities and their leadership

This objective cuts across the other five objectives and as demonstrated in the analysis of these, has been achieved through the participation of the key stakeholders in the planning and implementation of the projects, as well as feedback provided on emerging results through community meetings, popular brochures, interactive local radio programs, publications, and the project website.

Conscious efforts have been made to reach policy makers with the findings of the research at district and sub-district levels, as well as at national level. These have included briefing sessions of the district levels and development partners (such as the district administration, UN regional representative, and the Danish Embassy). More such efforts are planned, including through the forthcoming Peace Conference in Gulu, which seeks participation from key national and local policy makers.

One of the basic and relevant findings from the DSS is that the population in Awach sub-county was found to be 19,234 persons, 45,5% more than the 2010 official sub-county planning figure of 13,221 people. In Uganda where the the central government allocates and disburses funds for for social services to districts and sub-county local government on per capita basis, this has serious implications for service delivery.