The mental landscape of post-conflict life in northern Uganda: Part 2 – Defining the mental landscape

Suleiman Amanela, Tracy Flora Ayee, Stephanie Buell, Alice Escande, Tony Quinlan, Anouk S. Rigterink, Mareike Schomerus, Samuel Sharp and Sarah Swanson

Type: Uganda, Working Paper

Date: 24/07/2020

Full summary

The violent conflict in northern Uganda between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ended well over a decade ago. Life today in northern Uganda has a huge number of challenges but is without question better than when attacks were common and most of the population lived in internal displacement camps. Yet, for many, the idea of a post-conflict ‘recovery’ is illusory. Northern Ugandans continue to live with a sense of loss, injustice, neglect and a widespread sentiment that post- conflict life has not lived up to its promise.


The mental landscape of post-conflict life in northern Uganda is a series made up of seven reports, of which this is Part 2. The report series uses behavioural insights to think differently about what we call the mental landscape of post-conflict life. The series seeks to fill a research and policy gap in understanding the mechanisms that connect perceptions, decisions and behaviour as they relate to situations of violent conflict.


Part 2 – Defining the mental landscape – unpacks what is meant by the ‘mental landscape’, outlining the behavioural challenges faced by individuals in post-conflict life, the realities of post-conflict life and how the mental landscape influences life today. All reports in this series use findings from this multi-method research design.