Recovery in northern Uganda: How are people surviving post-conflict?

Dyan Mazurana, Anastasia Marshak, Jimmy Hilton Opio, Rachel Gordon and Teddy Atim

Type: Briefing Paper, Uganda, Uganda

Organisation: Feinstein International Center

Date: 23/05/2014

Full summary

In 2012/13, SLRC implemented the first round of an original sub-regional panel survey in northern Uganda aimed to produce data on livelihoods, access to and experience of basic services, exposure to shocks and coping strategies, people’s perceptions of governance, and the impact of serious crimes committed during the Government of Uganda and Lord’s Resistance Army conflict on households’ livelihoods, access to services, exposure to crimes, and perceptions of governance. This briefing paper summarises key findings from the larger working paper, “Surveying livelihoods, service delivery and governance – baseline evidence from Uganda [^].”


The main findings presented in this paper include:


  1. Most households don’t have the education level or jobs that will pull them out of poverty, improve wealth and assets or reduce food insecurity.
  2. Households that experienced serious crimes during the war are significantly worse off today than other war affected households.
  3. Livelihood and social protection services are rare and aren’t targeted to those who need it most, in fact, these services often go to better off households.