UPEACE Karamoja Cluster Project Successfully Concluded


  • This project, which operated in what is known as the Karamoja Cluster between Kenya and Uganda, was funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

 

Kampala, Uganda, 1 April 2016. After three years of arduous work, the University for Peace (UPEACE) is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the “Karamoja Cluster Project” (KCP), a cross-border project with a clear objective, to mitigate pastoral violence within the Karamoja Cluster of Kenya and Uganda. The project, which began in April 2013 and used people-to-people approaches with a focus on community theatre, sports, and women-led peace initiatives, was funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, a long-standing supporter of UPEACE’s initiatives.

This project supported peacebuilding capacities in the region and brought neighbors together through interactive activities that unite and promote dialogue in the midst of recent violence. Storytelling and the use of participatory theatre were part of the activities that helped develop messages of peace and conflict transformation, in addition to sporting activities, a popular past time for these communities and a well-known vehicle for bringing people into contact and dialogue with one another.

UPEACE and its Africa Programme partnered with three African institutions to implement this project:  the Uganda Martyrs University’s Department of Good Governance and Peace Studies; the Children Peace Initiative of Kenya; and The Interdisciplinary Center for Sports Science and Development, University of The Western Cape.

UPEACE will donate all the equipment used for the project to the local governments located along the border corridor of Uganda and Kenya and that supported the programme, as well as to the Uganda Martyrs University, in an effort to extend the benefits of the project to the local communities after its completion. Some of items to be donated include computer equipment, office supplies and furniture.

It is expected that a short documentary documenting the project and its achievements will be ready by mid-year, along with a story book offering a visual recount of the project and its main action areas. These materials will be made available on the UPEACE website once they are ready.

 

Press contact:

Sofía Cortés, Communications Officer

Telephone (506) 2205-9008 / scortes@upeace.org