Return, Responsibility and Reintegration in Central Africa: A multi-disciplinary exploration into endemic violence and social repair

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Department of International Development

Abstract

In 2015, the United Nations Refugee agency (UNCHR) reported that world-wide displacement hit an 'all time high' as conflict related violence and persecution increase and threat environments become more diffuse and complex. Quite shockingly, it was calculated that today, one in every 122 people is either a refugee, displaced or seeking asylum. Across huge swathes of the globe, people are uprooted as they try to negotiate profoundly difficult conflict circumstances, involving not only state armies, but non-state armed groups, criminal gangs, drug traffickers, and jihadists. To make matters more complex, individuals often occupy ambiguous victim-perpetrator statuses, moving between combatant and civilian roles, either through coercion or through choice.

Central Africa has witnessed prolonged and repetitive forms of displacement for many, many years. In 2015, the UNHCR described forced displacement figures related to this region as 'immense'. To date, international organisations have prioritized 'going home' as the most durable solution to this crisis. Processes of 'return and reintegration' represent a huge practical and policy challenge for world governments and are therefore a critical international policy issue. This research project aims to study precisely these dynamics in the central and eastern African countries of Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Sudan through an inter-disciplinary, multi-sited ethnography of 'return'. By analyzing how refugees, internally displaced persons and former combatants negotiate and experience 'return' we aim to fill a large gap in current knowledge on the 'lifecycle' of conflicts in some of the world's most difficult places. Drawing on anthropology, comic journalism, history, heritage studies and political science we will focus on the everyday experiences of those attempting to build or re-build communities in central Africa, contributing to a better understanding of how conflict-affected societies constitute or re-constitute themselves.

Our research will explore the relationships of returnees with each other, with the 'stayee' population and their engagement with national governments and international peacebuilding actors. We will examine if and how standardized peacebuilding approaches to return - such as Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR); transitional justice (TJ); and psycho-social support (PSS) are relevant to people on the ground who negotiate conflict realities and their legacies on a daily basis. We will also investigate those ubiquitous processes that are persistently set aside by international actors, including customary spiritual practices of individual and collective healing and ideas associated with religious belief. We will go beyond merely documenting the manner of return to focus specifically on how processes of return shape and reshape public authority across our research sites, questioning any assumed linear transition to 'civilian life' and to 'peace'. Our in-depth, inter-discipinary study of return across the Central African region will help us better understand the conditions under which conflict-affected societies are able to move on peacefully and/or live productively in situations of acute social stress and also the conditions under which mutuality is simply not possible and violence becomes endemic and seemingly inescapable. We also hope to place current central African experience in wider comparative and historical contexts giving fellow scholars and policy makers a much clearer picture of how and when social repair becomes possible in situations characterized by such staggering levels of upheaval and suffering.

Planned Impact

Our overall impact goal is to produce high quality evidence-based research to inform national and international policies and practices to mitigate cycles of violence in sites of widespread displacement and return in Central Africa and potentially further afield. The research will benefit four main groups:

1. Local populations in conflict affected places who desire human security, peace and poverty alleviation. We believe that the everyday experiences of local populations in conflict-affected situations ought to drive both policy and research agendas. The research project will have an impact on local populations in conflict-affected places by assisting the development of policies based on the full set of functioning regulatory structures and norms used by local populations in sites of mass displacement and return, rather than merely those that have been defined for them. Thus we recognize the urgent need, working through our strong local networks of researchers, civil society leaders and customary authorities to involve returnee populations in the research process and to draw local researchers and research assistants into all aspects of research design. We also recognize the need to involve local collaborators in dissemination and will establish innovative communication channels - including comic journalism and a curated exhibition - that are co-produced with local populations and accessible.

2. Policy makers -by generating recommendations and strategies to strengthen current approaches and interventions related to persistent conflict and endemic violence in our research sites. Policy that delivers real human security in conflict-affected areas must be designed to work effectively in complex and contested local environments, characterized by competing interests and hybrid public authority structures. Central Africa today is witnessing what the UNHCR has termed 'immense forced displacement totals' but is also a region witnessing large scale 'returns'. These return processes - which include both civilians and former combatants - are dynamic, contingent and fragile. They are also under-researched. Our evidence-based findings will be translated into succinct policy briefings containing infographics and actionable recommendations. These will be disseminated widely through our website and via twitter and will provide opportunities for knowledge exchange at annual stakeholder meetings in our research countries and at policy round-tables in London, Brussels and New York, the home cities of our institutions.

3. Publics - by promoting engagement with scientific evidence on how viable ways of life are constituted post return and/or how certain dynamics can lead to endemic and persistent conflict. Our stakeholder meetings and policy roundtables will strengthen networks among teaching and research institutions as well as the media in our home countries and research countries to help disseminate accessible research material, in the form of journalistic articles, blog discussion forums and comics.

4. The next generation of development practitioners and Central African leaders. We see the training of a cadre of young development professionals as a key instrument in changing thinking and practice over the longer term. We will ensure access to improved educational opportunities for local researchers in researched countries, recognising the need to work with individuals to help foster a new generation of African leaders who can take our research findings forward. We can now do this systematically as part of the ground-breaking Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) scheme based at the LSE and the SSRC's African Peacebuilding Network and NExtGen African Social Science program. These programs provide prestigious graduate scholarships in an effort to foster a new generation of African leaders who will promote the best practices of economic and social development in their respective organisations and countries.
 
Title Beyond the Statistics, May 26-June 30 Uganda Museum showing of Enduring Exile, Kampala Uganda 
Description Beyond the Statistics' workshop was hosted on the 26th May at the National Museum of Uganda. The primary aim of the workshop was to present some diverse commentaries - visual, textual and oral - on the historical and present dynamics of conflict, and create a space for South Sudanese citizens to present papers and debate. The event brought together an audience of over 80 members of South Sudanese communities, academics, and regional activists to discuss various ways of seeing the long history of violence and displacement. n two panel discussions, scholars explored the practical, intellectual and emotional politics and history of displacement. Panel One, 'Reflections on Long-term and historic displacement,' featured presentations from Dr Mohamed A.G. Bakhit, Atem Elfatih, and Dr Nicki Kindersley. The second panel focused on the contemporary displacement experience, and hosted Peter Justin, Clement Samuel, Ogeno Charles, and Bashir Ahmed Mohammed Babikir.South Sudanese United Student Association, young people within the Zande Community in Arua, West Nile have channelled their experiences of dislocation and exile into creative production. During this workshop, the theatre group offered a ten minute theatrical interlude from their play 'Healing through God's Power'. Enduring Exile, the exhibition on display, explores the spiritual and material logics through which South Sudanese citizens endure exile, on an individual and communal basis. Deploying a visual narrative approach, in keeping with the theme of this workshop, this photo series aims to challenge commonplace, repetitive representations which equate the refugee experience to one of near total victimhood. https://nickikindersleycom.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/final-workshop-report-beyond-the-statistics.pdf 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This event instigated the event in London on the 30 November, bringing forward many of the questions and artworks. It also brought many of the respondents from South Sudanese communities into the venue where their issues were being addressed. 
URL https://www.enduringexile.com/
 
Title Cartoon production - Kash and SSRC 
Description SSRC has contracted with Thembo Kashura ('Kash') to produce five cartoons. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The cartoons will accompany our research outputs and some of the key conclusions. 
 
Title Conflict Art in the Congo: Rebellion, Occupation, and Return - A Photo Collection of Gbadolite Airport 
Description Photographed between 2015 and 2017, the images in this collection illustrate the conflicts that have passed through and transformed the country. These etchings, proverbs, and personal testimonies reveal the individuality of the combatants; together, the layers of graffiti show the human elements-and human toll-of war. The collection is being curated for an exhibition that will consist of 20 photographs. The graffiti appears in French, Lingala, English, Sango, Arabic, and Swahili, with translations provided in the accompanying interpretive text. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The photographs tell a story of violent conflict over time and as experienced by members of different armed groups and nationalities-Congolese, Ugandan, Central African, Rwandan, Chadian-as they passed through Gbadolite. The very personal inscriptions both speak to individual experience and testify to war, power, subversion, and memory. 
 
Title Conflict Art in the Congo: Rebellion, Occupation, and Return, Gbadolite Airport 
Description Audio recording of testimonies at community conference in Gbadolite on the experience of the Congo wars, return, and memory 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The conference, during which 20-25 photographs of war graffiti at the Gbadolite Airport in northwestern Congo were projected, and in which all sectors of the Gbadolite community participated, led to a discussion about violence, reconciliation, forgiveness and memory. 
 
Title Enduring Exile Ethnographic Photography Project 
Description 1. In late 2016, LSE PhD student Liz Storer, worked alongside a photographer (Katie Nelson) to produce the ethnographic photo project Enduring Exile, which documents the lives of South Sudanese citizens displaced in Arua Town, West Nile. This has been supported by POR grant funded by AHRC to increase the reach, impact and longevity of this project through the creation of a website that displays the photography and information about the project. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Led to a workshop hosted in May 2017 at the National Museum of Uganda.With support from PoR the domain space for Enduring Exile (www.enduringexile.com) will exist until 2019. 
URL http://www.enduringexile.com
 
Title Grammar of Images Symposium 
Description One day symposium on arts, research and representation. We invited the Politics of Return Artists in Residence as well as other photographers and collaborators to discuss issues of research engagement and how to represent beyond suffering. This brought in 80 participants for the day with a range of backgrounds, including photographers from five different African countries. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Photographers were able to understand their practice outside NGO and aid work-for-hire and think more deeply about the artistic scope of engagement. The event was so successful that the Uganda Museum asked to keep the artwork on display for two weeks. It was also shown for KLA ART 18 public art festival seen by several hundred viewers. 
URL https://klaart.org/
 
Title Off the Record - Article in December issue of Art Africa Magazine 
Description Feature Article in Art Africa Magazine about KLA ART festival that features the Politics of Return residency and the Grammar of Images Symposium. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Given visibility of the work that FLCA is doing with arts. Raised the profile of the artists and collaborating institution. 
URL https://en.calameo.com/read/0048361918f10bf9bec68
 
Title Politics of Retun Artist Residency 
Description Three artists came from June-September to engage with the research from the four country study. I curated the residency and mediated between the artists and the researchers. In the end Bathsheba Okwenje, Willy Karekezi and Kusa Kusa Maski Gael produced instillation arts, paintings and a collage respectively. These were shown during KLA ART a public art festival in Kampala and will be shown in London for the LSE Africa Summit as well as in Gulu in July 2019. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact People who view the artwork get a sense for the research and are able to access the information easily. It also shows that the artists wanted to make their own research and interpret academic findings beyond the intentions of the publications. We also found that there is little engagement of conceptual or socially engaged art in Uganda so resident artists found the residency inspiring for their own practice and how they can engage research. 
 
Title Politics of Return (PoR) - Politique de Retour (PDR) 
Description Thembo Kash illustrates the essence of the Politics of Return project by creating a circular picture of how demobilised combatants and displaced civilians embark on the difficult journey of return. By connecting the two communities through a water reflection, the artist emphasizes that they mirror one another and they often experience similar challenges as they return to everyday life after episodes of prolonged displacement. SSRC has also already contracted with Thembo Kashura ('Kash') to produce five cartoons to accompany our research outputs and some of the key conclusions. These will be produced on a rolling basis. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The cartoon and logo is the face of the Politics of Return project, and serves as the centrepiece of the website. It provides an easy entry point for all external observers to understand the scope of the project. 
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/africa/research/politics-of-return
 
Title Understanding South Sudan, exhibition of Enduring Exile and South Sudan: The Price of War, the Price of Peace, 30 November, London, UK 
Description The exhibition and panel discussio take these concerns to the public and expand the space for dialogue. The audience is therefore invited to participate along with the speakers in asking: Who are the authorities of knowledge that address the concerns of everyday South Sudanese? How do we make sense of the lived realities of displacement and return over long periods of conflict? Can arts and heritage offer inroads to understanding such crises when discourse is dominated by security and high-level politics?The photography exhibition was created from a project undertaken by Liz Storer and Katie G Nelson to illustrate the lived realities of South Sudanese women living in exile. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Feedback from UK Parliamentary representative on South Sudan that they are inspired to share creative and alternative avenues of dealing with the crisis. Received feedback from Jok Madut Jok of the Sudd Institute about integrating arts and culture into research formats. 
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/11/23/understanding-south-sudan-questions-of-knowledge-and-r...
 
Description Since the inception of Politics of Return, artists have engaged research propositions. We have held five different exhibitions with dialogues in Kampala, Johannesburg and London. These conversations and artworks have impacted the ways in which people see the research as well as their own work. The artists range from cartoon arts to painting, collage and instillation. Furthermore we worked with a creative writer to document the process and will be producing a catalogue of artworks and events for the 2019 exhibitions.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Advisor, Ebola in the DRC
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Throughout the quarter, Carayannis has been advising the Social Science in Humanitarian Action, in support of the response to the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Equateur province. The platform will produce a series of briefs focusing on the population in the affected areas, leadership structures, and local economies, as well as recommendations for context-sensitive responses by international and national health-care agencies.
URL https://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/123456789/13826
 
Description Advisory Council meeting of the Woodrow Wilson International Center's Africa Program.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Tatiana serves on the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center's Africa Program.
 
Description Briefing with U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Tatiana Carayannis and Saron Pangburn attended a briefing with U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley after her October 2017 trip to Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After some brief introductory remarks from the Ambassador, they engaged in a closed-door session about U.S. and UN policy moving forward in these three critical Africa states.
 
Description Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Tatiana and Aaron participating in the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network seminar at the UN Secretariat to present the findings of the 2018 pilot research study of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. Aaron is one of the authors of the MONUSCO study and Tatiana serves as a member of the study's external reference group.
URL https://effectivepeaceops.net/
 
Description Faith based Conflict Resolution in Nord - Ubangi to improve relations with Central African refugees and host populations
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact During a recent research visit to Gemena, the SSRC research team interviewed Père Gilbert Kambo, founder of the NGO "Droit pour tous obligatoires". The NGO specializes in management, mediation and conflict resolution training in the Gemena, and during our conversation, our local coordinator in Gbadolite José Ndala and Père Gilbert decided to establish a partnership and expand some of his programming to Nord-Ubangi. In particular, we identified the need for conflict resolution support in order to better manage the tension between the Central African Refugees community in and around Inke Camp, and the Congolese host population. Plans are underway to establish a training programme for Gbadolite local leaders in the skills of conflict resolution and mediation.
 
Description Governance-In-Conflict Network Annual Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Led by the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University, the GIC Network is an international research network bringing together relevant disciplinary knowledge at Ghent University in a thematic interdisciplinary approach through cooperation with 28 international research institutes in 16 countries. Understanding everyday governance and development in fragile and conflict-affected situations remains a challenge for both policymakers and development practitioners. The network's aim is to enhance understandings of governance and development in conflict situations by combining an empirical field perspective with a thematic multi-disciplinary approach.
URL https://www.gicnetwork.be/
 
Description Inter-agency briefing of the United States Government on the DRC
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Tatiana was invited to brief inter-agency practitioners of the United States government on the upcoming elections in the DRC. This closed-door briefing was hosted by the Institue for Defense Analyses and the took place at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
 
Description International Advisory Board, Ghent Centre for Global Studies
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is one of 5 research platforms in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, launched at Ghent University. This interdisciplinary research centre unites scholars from Social and Economic Geography; International, EU and Conflict & Development Studies; Economics, Sociology, Global History and Ethics; Human Rights Law and Intercultural Pedagogy - a total of 11 research groups from 6 different faculties - around the critical study of global processes. In keeping with the spatial turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the centre aims to question the boundaries and scales of space and place, focusing on the co-construction of the local and the global, with special attention to the historical and ethical dimensions of economic, political, social and cultural globalisation, and to (local) agency in global processes and world-making projects. Tatiana Carayannis serves on the Advisory Board for this Centre and last attended an advisory board meeting in September 2018.
 
Description International Criminal Court Trial - expert witness at the trial of LRA Commander
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact In 2017 Tim was the expert witness at the trial of LRA Commander, Dominic Ogwen at the International Criminal Court at The Hague
 
Description Looking Ahead at Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo with CENCO
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Tatiana Carayannis hosted a session of the Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF) with ICG Senior Analyst, Hans Hoebeke. Titled, "Looking Ahead at Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo" at the Security Council Report in New York. Hans Hoebeke focused his discussion on the current challenges to a free and fair election process in the DRC by framing discussion within the context of previously held elections in 2006 and 2011. After the discussion, Mr. Hoebeke and Tatiana fielded questions and comments from an audience of UN member states and NGO representatives concerning whether the opposition would boycott the election and the extent to which the election results are expected to cause instability both in the country and the region. Audience members also asked questions regarding the UN's role in the region and the approach it should take in the follow-up to the election and the future of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission.
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/a-central-africa-policy-forum-discussion-looking-ahead-at-elections...
 
Description Red Team Exercise to test the Risk Assessment Models of the UN's Regional Monthly Review Mechanism
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Tatiana Carayannis participated in a Red Team exercise with the United Nation's Executive Office of the Secretary-General to stress test the new Regional Monthly Review (RMR) conflict analysis methodology they have developed to assess the risk of deterioration of political, human rights and development situations around the world.
 
Description Tatiana Carayannis, Membership in the Hellenic Network of African Studies
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The Hellenic Network of African Studies aims at linking up Greek-speaking scholars with considerable interests and research experience on the African continent. The Network's principal functions are to promote research on Africa, to develop an interdisciplinary community of Africa-oriented scholars in Greece and Cyprus, to strengthen international links and networks and to offer consultative services to government and Civil Society organizations by pooling together the expertise of its members. The Network was initiated by the University of the Peloponnese and the University of the Aegean but now includes Africanists from several Greek and Cypriot universities and prides itself as the only Africa-focused academic network in the region. The Hellenic Network of African Studies is an affiliate member of AEGIS - African Studies in Europe - A Network in Excellence.
 
Description Transportation Unions as a Model of Reintegration and Return in DRC
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact After discovering multiple examples of transportation unions in Sub-Ubangi and Equateur provinces that are made up of a large majority of ex-combatants, SSRC has engaged with MONUSCO and DFID representatives and highlighted these examples as possible successes to integrate in the reform of ex-combatant reintegration and return programming. Given the ongoing government-led reintegration process in the DRC, the advancement of these models, with possible external funding, might be able to improve livelihoods and the effective reintegration of ex-combatants back into civilian life.
 
Description United Nations Summer Study, Tatiana Carayannis
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School's Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and environmental and reform issues.
 
Description Youth and the Rule of Law in Sub-Saharan Africa
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Roundtable symposium that worked to examine issues that relate to youth and the rule of law by bringing together thought leaders and stakeholders from across the region and beyond. Participants included representatives from regional governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and the U.S. Government, to focus on the specific nexus between youth and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa. The symposium was organized by the Rule of Law Collaborative under the auspices of the JUSTRAC cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State. The outcome was a policy brief to look at indicators for SDGS. Kara Blackmore provided insights on arts and culture as useful inclusions.
URL http://justrac.org/training-symposia/youth-and-the-rule-of-law-in-sub-saharan-africa/
 
Description ESRC Multidisciplinary Fund
Amount £800 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 11/2017
 
Description Haycock Grant
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation British Institute in Eastern Africa 
Sector Public
Country Kenya
Start 12/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Writing Workshops 2018
Amount £19,880 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Title Semi-Structured Questionnaire 
Description This semi-structured questionnaire has been developed with our Congolese partners and the will focus on a few key questions: How were the communities in which they returned affected? How was public authority in these communities affected? What does return mean to them? What is the link between return and re-mobilization? Is there a connection between recruitment (ie why they joined armed group) and where they return to? And finally, do we have a few small case studies of effective reintegration in DRC (i.e. the Toleka Bicycle Union in Gemena), and what is distinct/replicable about these examples? 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Key issues in all cases will include how ex-combatants have experienced DDR and return programs; where have they returned to; the meaning of return and what happened to communities receiving returnees. We will document trajectories demobilized combatants follow after being demobilized and challenges they face in terms of their return, and introduce the notion of 'circular return.' Several strategies are identified for further analysis: voluntary settlement in displacement camps in order to get access to humanitarian aid, settlement in other areas than their homes, return home and, finally, return to armed groups. Looking into these processes guiding return, the comparative studies aim at deconstructing popular discourses on DDR. Data collected through semi-structured interviews across all the sites in the west and in the east will also be developed into a data set that can be further analyzed. 
 
Title Semi-structured questionnaire on the effectiveness of ex-combatant reintegration in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
Description A semi-structured questionnaire on the effectiveness of ex-combatant reintegration was developed and deployed across the Democratic Republic of Congo. The research tool covers the respondents' history of displacement, life in armed groups, their process of demobilization and reintegration, and investigates the link between social capital and mental health and the effective return to civilian life. The questionnaire was rolled out in Equateur and Sud-Ubangi provinces in Summer/Fall 2018. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Key issues in all cases will include how ex-combatants have experienced DDR and return programs; where have they returned to; the meaning of return and what happened to communities receiving returnees. We will document trajectories demobilized combatants follow after being demobilized and challenges they face in terms of their return, and introduce the notion of 'circular return.' Several strategies are identified for further analysis: voluntary settlement in displacement camps in order to get access to humanitarian aid, settlement in other areas other than their homes, return home and, finally, return to armed groups. Looking into these processes guiding return, the comparative studies aim at deconstructing popular discourses on DDR. Data collected through semi-structured interviews across all the sites in the west and in the east will also be developed into a data set that can be further analyzed. 
 
Description 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust 
Organisation 32 Degrees East Ugandan Arts Trust
PI Contribution Developed an artist residency to create conceptual artworks that reflect the research from various sites. Three artists will have studios at 32º East from June-September 2018. Researchers will provide information to artists as material for their artworks.
Collaborator Contribution 32º East has helped to develop the residency, advertise the call, process the applications and design this residency. It is a first of it's kind for the space and a pilot for a residency of social practice in Kampala.
Impact We have selected three artists for the residency: Willy Kerekezi, Kusa Kusa Gael Maksy, and Bathsheba Okwenje. Blog posts have referenced this process.
Start Year 2017
 
Description LSE PhD Academy 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborated for a workshop and exhibition on the 30 November about South Sudan around issues of research and representation during crisis. The PhD Academy hosted a half day workshop and then an evening exhibition and dialogue. This initiative was spearheaded by Kara Blackmore and Liz Storer.
Collaborator Contribution The PhD Academy hosted the workshop and provided financial support for the exhibition through the ESRC Multidisciplinary Fund.
Impact Video Blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/02/19/video-reliving-the-euphoria-of-south-sudan-independence-through-the-documentary-our-bright-stars/, Research Blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/09/22/keeping-the-faith-on-the-spiritual-dimensions-of-south-sudanese-exile-in-arua-north-west-uganda-lsereturn/, Photo Essay Blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/09/20/photo-essay-seeing-displacement-through-ethnographic-photography-lsereturn/
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partner: African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) 
Organisation African Youth Initiative Network
PI Contribution Preliminary Meetings to establish partnership and do research design of arts narratives into exhibition formats.
Collaborator Contribution AYINET identified the need for youth ambassadors to help translate narratives and develop text for exhibition outputs. Offers a space for LSE Programme for African Leadership scholars to continue research and information dissemination in Lira.
Impact Refined exhibition design and monthly meetings between Victor Ochen and Politics of Return curator Kara Blackmore. This collaboration is multi-discplinary and covers the Arts, Law, and Heritage and grew from relations established in 2016.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership: Ghent Conflict Research Group (CRG) and GEC 
Organisation Green Economy Coalition
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent is closely collaborating with GEC in Bukavu and research, including fieldwork, is conducted in collaboration with local researchers. Links are also being created with MONUSCO, UEPNDDR (national DDR office), Fondation solidarité des hommes, Bureau voluntaire pour la solidarité, Transcultural Psychological Organisation, all located in Bukavu and involved in the facilitation of DDR. These relationships have grown over a number of years with Aaron Pangburn, Koen Vlassenroot and Tatiana Carayannis working in the region.
Collaborator Contribution GEC is hosting a number of local researchers involved in the research on return of ex-combatants. It is also our key partner creating links with other stakeholders
Impact At present fieldwork is still going on. Results will be published in the paper on circular return and in a number of blogposts.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership: Gulu University MA Medical Anthropology Programme 
Organisation Gulu University
PI Contribution Dr Holly Porter has designed and taught a course module titled Gender, Sexualities and Reproductive Health in January 2017 and which will be repeated in 2018. Julian Hopwood has designed a course module on Cross-cultral psychiaty to be delivered in 2018 and is working with Dr Grace Akello, Director of the Masters in Medical Anthropology programme to revise the course. Prof. Tim Allen, Prof. Melissa Parker and Dr Anna Macdonald will also be teaching on the course.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Grace Akello is currently undertaking a Fellowship at LSE which will strengthen collaboration between LSE and Gulu University. She has completed field resaerch which will be written up as a paper for ESRC-FD.
Impact Students in the MA course examined the role of gender and relationships in sexual and reproductive health. The course explored the social, cultural, economic, political and private aspects of reproductive health as a reference point to examine power dynamics, and analyses of gender, sexuality and health. Each of the students enrolled in the course passed their exams successfully and several went on to write their master's dissertations on related topics which Holly Porter supervised.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
Organisation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Melissa Parker and Tim Allen have organised, funded, and are hosting (currently) three interdisciplinary lecturers from Njala University, Sierra Leone from the School of Community Health Sciences. The lecturers have come to visit the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for three weeks to partake in knowledge exchange activities.
Collaborator Contribution The three lecturers are contributing to knowledge exchange, attending events and lectures, conducting research and contributing to research sharing in the areas of health policy and bio-medicine specifically focusing on Ebola.
Impact The researchers are currently visiting and outcomes from this partnership are forthcoming.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Partnership: Universities of Gbadolite 
Organisation University of Gbadolite
PI Contribution The SSRC team (Aaron Pangburn, Koen Vlassenroot and Tatiana Carayannis) is working primarily with our local researchers at the Universities of Gbadolite and will be joining them in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late-Jan through early February.
Collaborator Contribution The local researchers at the Universities of Gbadolite are active participants in all phases of the research design. There is a research contract with Professor José Ndala of UNIGBA governs that was last extended in November 2017.
Impact Impacts are still being developed, but given the University and Professor Ndala's work with the Central African Refugee community, there will be societal and policy/public service impact to this partnership. He is already working with a local NGO, Père Gilbert Kambo, founder of the NGO "Droit pour tous obligatoires" on the deployment of conflict resolution training to be deployed between the Central African refugees and local Congolese population. Professor Ndala is involved in all phases of our work, provides regular updates regarding conditions on the ground, and will be a major partner in the deployment of our semi-structured questionnaire schedule to be deployed in the late Spring/early Summer 2018 in Gemena and/or Gbadolite. He joined us in Gemena in Feb 2018. The costs of fieldwork are integrated into a month salary and this partnership grew out of established relationships from 2012.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership: University of Kinshasa 
Organisation University of Kinshasa
PI Contribution The SSRC team (Aaron Pangburn, Koen Vlassenroot and Tatiana Carayannis) is working primarily with our local researchers at the Universities of Kinshasha and will be joining them in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late-Jan through early February.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Kinshasa's Centre for the Studies of Politics (CEP) sent a letter of support to the Politics of Return proposal, but essentially our research contract with Professor José Bazonzi governs this relationship last extended in October 2017. This relationship is also reinforced with regular visa letters of support as our local partner to enable us to travel to DRC. Note - the costs of fieldwork are integrated into a monthly salary disbursed to Dr. Bazonzi. This partnership grew from relations established in 2012.
Impact The impacts of our partnership will be primarily societal as we collect data, publish and disseminate the results for our comparative study on demobilized in Nord, Sud-Ubangi and Equateur provinces. Dr. Bazonzi has helped develop our semi-structured questionnaire, and informed much of our research agenda. He has already joined us on our Feb 2018 trip to Sud-Ubangi, and will assist in the deployment of our questionnaire in Mbandaka and Equateur province. His post in Kinshasa will also add to our policy/public service impact as we intend to feed our findings into government channels.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Uganda Museum | BIEA 
Organisation Uganda Museum
PI Contribution Curated an exhibition at the Uganda Museum entitled Enduring Exile with images by Katie G. Nelson and research by Liz Storer.
Collaborator Contribution Hosted Enduring Exile exhibition and Beyond the Statistics workshop in May-June 2017.
Impact This inspired the event in London in November 2017. It gave the questions and exhibition format to expand into another context.
Start Year 2017
 
Description United Nations 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution PoR researchers at the Social Science Research Council, Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn, frequently collaborate with various departments and offices within the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Office of the UN Special Envoy within the Department of Political Affairs, on various issues related to DDR reform and interventions in the Great Lakes region of Africa, specifically CAR and the DRC. Tatiana and Aaron, organized a panel discussion in May 2018 on "The Changing Landscape of Armed Groups: Doing DDR in New Contexts" in collaboration with the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the World Bank Group's Global Program for Reintegration Support (GPRS). This panel discussion built on a previous event held in March 2018 during the World Bank Fragility Forum in Washington, DC. Collaborations within the last year have also included an October 2019 closed-door meeting related to "New Thinking and Lessons from DDR Reform in CAR" and other informal briefings. These collaborations help bridge the gap between the evidence-based research of ex-combatant return and the coherence and the understanding of UN policymaking interventions on these issues. Tatiana has served as both a panelist and a moderator in these collaborations and with Aaron, who provides the day-to-day follow up on these issues, she has co-authored and published the outcome documents/meeting reports that summarize the main points of each discussions and that are distributed among the UN policy and practitioner community working on such issues of security and return.
Collaborator Contribution The various UN partners involved in these collaborations support the project's research uptake and provide a medium by which policy perspectives are systematically integrated into and inform the research and data being collected on the experiences of Congolese demobilized combatants, ex-combatant reintegration programs, and distributive justice.
Impact A link for the published output related to the May 2018 meeting on "The Changing Landscape of Armed Groups: Doing DDR in New Contexts" is provided above. The panel discussion was attended by 94 participants, representing various Permanent Missions to the United Nations and government agencies, international organizations, UN departments, offices and specialized agencies, programmes and funds, as well as academic institutions, think tanks and non-governmental organizations working on military/security interventions, small arms trade, and the return of diverse displaced populations (including children, civilians, refugees, and ex-combatants). The panel discussion also invited postdoc researchers working on these issues and drew on knowledge from different disciplines (political science, anthropology, economics, law, human rights, sociology). The 3-member panel represented three distinct communities (research, policy, and donor) and was chaired in a manner that synthesized and harmonize the links between them into a coordinated and coherent whole. A full list of all participants in the panel discussion can be found on page 11 of the outcome document above.
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Juba (South Sudan) 
Organisation University of Juba
PI Contribution The University of Juba (UoJ) and Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) coordinated to host a writing workshop for South Sudanese academics. Numerous papers focused on research related to the politics of return in South Sudan. The FLCA contributed administrative support, academic inputs and organisation.
Collaborator Contribution The UoJ contributed academic reviews of papers written, including by South Sudanese academics who are well known for contributions to forced displacement debates.
Impact Various papers were presented during this workshop and have since been refined based on feedback from these collaborations. This includes the paper by Abraham Diing and Naomi Pendle entitled, '"I Kept My Gun": Establishing Home and Authority After Returning Without Experience of Combat in South Sudan'.
Start Year 2018
 
Description British Institute in Africa Lecture. Can Art Exhibitions Achieve Justice, 23, September, Nairobi Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented a lecture on work in Uganda making memorials and posed questions around the possibilities and limits of exhibition making in post-war contexts. It was also a space to dialogue around the upcoming work with PaCCS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description "Evidence-Based Peacekeeping" at the Next Frontier of Peacekeeping Conference at Yale University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis gave a talk on "Evidence-Based Peacekeeping" at the Next Frontier of Peacekeeping Conference at Yale University's MacMillan Center.

She also participated in a panel on "What can political/social science do for peacekeeping?."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/new-frontiers-of-peacekeeping-yale-university/
 
Description "Power of Rules and Rule of Power" and "Prevention: The Challenge of Theory and Practice" International Studies Association Conference 2018 (San Francisco) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On 6 April 2018, Tatiana Carayannis presented her newest paper "Prevention: The Challenge of Theory and Practice" with co-author, Sabrina Stein of the Conflict Peace and Prevention Forum, during the International Studies Association (ISA) Conference in San Francisco, Californi, Tatiana also spoke on a round-table discussion titled "Power of Rules and Rules of Power" on the effective approaches for academic engagement with think tanks and policymakers to an audience concerned with the policy impact of their academic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description #LSEReturn: Trapped in Enclaves: How Politics of Inclusion could help Central African Muslim Refugees Return Home 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Four years after systematic ethnic cleansing led Central African Republic's Muslim community to flee to neighbouring countries, Enrica Picco explores the challenges facing returnees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/02/26/lsereturn-trapped-in-enclaves-how-politics-of-inclusio...
 
Description A regional approach to peacebuilding: The Great Lakes Strategic Framework (New York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 27 November 2017, Tatiana Carayannis moderated a briefing/panel discussion at the United Nations (UN) Secretariat, which took stock of the main policy issues raised at the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of a regional integrated peace and security approach in the Great Lakes region. The meeting also aimed at raising awareness for international engagement, by promoting new programmatic and funding opportunities in support for the Cross-Border Multi-Partner Trust Fund, building on the initial investment funding provided by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

Ambassador Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, introduced the Great Lakes Regional Framework and its six pillars before highlighting the connections between the work of his office and the ICGLR. The panel discussion brought together experts representing UN Member States, from international organizations, from civil society organizations, and from within the UN system. Highlights included insight from Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, a Visiting Scholar and the Acting Director of the Institute for African Studies at The George Washington University, who spoke to opportunities for promoting a strong women and peacebuilding agenda in the region and provided reflection on the ICGLR initiative 10 years on, after having served as the ICGLR's first Executive Secretary from 2006-2011.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/a-regional-approach-to-peacebuilding-the-great-lakes-strategic-fram...
 
Description Acholi Love in the Aftermath of War 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Holly Porter gave a paper presentation titled 'Acholi Love in the Aftermath of War' at the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC, USA on November 29-December 3, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description African Studies Association Conference presentation: 'Reintegration, rejection and disappearance after life with the Lord's Resistance Army' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Melissa Parker and Tim Allen presented 'Reintegration, rejection and disappearance after life with the Lord's Resistance Army', at the African Studies Association Conference, Chicago, USA on 16 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description African Studies Association: Resistance Strategies in Central Africa (Chicago) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On 18 November 2017, at the annual conference of the African Studies Association, Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn participated in a panel discussion entitled "Resistance Strategies in Central Africa". The panel brought together a group of scholars to analyze actions and discourses that contest, transgress, subvert or resist to international policy prescriptions and/or national public policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. Koen Vlassenroot, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Conflict Research Group at the University of Ghent, presented his reflections on resistance by armed groups in Eastern DRC, and explored whether Herbert Weiss' theory of rural radicalism [1] (developed after the Congolese rebellions of the 1960) could help explain the character and the grievances of contemporary rebels.

The DRC presentations were complemented by An Ansoms, Professor of Development Studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, looked at resistance to land policy and social reengineering in Rwanda, and the dichotomy between hidden and open forms of resistance by the Rwandan farming community. Her presentation focused on the green revolution in Rwanda, and how farmers are expressing discontent and pushing for reform in a variety of innovative ways.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/african-studies-association-resistance-strategies-in-central-africa...
 
Description Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On the Africa@LSE blog Madeleine Issitt and Aloh Francis find out just how successful football is in developing social harmony in post-conflict areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/11/14/analysing-the-role-of-football-in-building-social-coh...
 
Description Association of Memory Studies Conference, Dec, 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands Paper presented for Bridging Scholars and Practitioners panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation entitled: "Art and Exhibition Making as Method: An exploration into curatorial practice in post-conflict societies". Research within exhibition making offers a place to investigate the intentions of memory positivist and memorial producers. In these exhibition spaces where scholar, practitioner, narrator and artist become co-producers, my research compares the intentions within particular imagined communities. This maps well onto an earlier statement in the panel on art where Eyal said that "the only way to confront the unimaginable is the imagination." Therefore the research sits in a moment during the production of public and private memorials with ex-combatants, NGOs, government actors, survivors and bystanders from four different conflicts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.memorystudiesassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Conference-Program.pdf
 
Description Beyond the Statistics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Scholars, practitioners and students joined together for a full day workshop on South Sudanese realities of living beyond the statistics. The exhibition Enduring Exile remained on show at the Uganda Museum and was seen by school children and general visitors during the month of June, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://nickikindersleycom.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/final-workshop-report-beyond-the-statistics.p...
 
Description Blog on new publication: "Pursuing Justice in northern Uganda" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog summarising findings and implications of two book chapters on justice and reconciliation in post-conflict northern Uganda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Blog post on broadening the scope of scholarly research on the repatriation of refugees 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Almost twenty years on from the decade of voluntary repatriation, Jolien Tegenbos and Koen Vlassenroot explore in this blog post how scholarly understanding of the process of 'return' has evolved and how it has largely been determined by policy priorities. Blog its based on the academic literature conducted by the authors, also published under the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/07/11/broadening-the-scope-of-scholarly-research-on-the-rep...
 
Description Blog post on the notion of circular return; The in-between of being a civilian and combatant - circular return in eastern DR Congo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this blog post Koen Vlassenroot, Emery Mudinga and Josaphat Musamba Bussy tackle the complexities around the remobilisation of armed combatants following conflict and introduce new ways to look at it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/06/05/the-in-between-of-being-a-civilian-and-combatant-circ...
 
Description Briefs on Returning Populations in Acholiland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald and other stakeholders briefed regional state prosecutor (Gulu, Uganda) and Chief Magistrate (Gulu, Uganda) on justice seeking patterns among returning populations in Acholiland occured in July/August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Call for proposals: African Scholars programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Julian Hopwood and his team have issued a call for proposals seeking to support the development of early to mid-career Ugandan academics through commissioning research papers, offering substantial mentoring support to try to ensure that all are published and that some are published in peer-reviewed academic journals. So far under ESRC-FD two proposals have been accepted and finalised and another five are in development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Carayannis, T. and Pangburn, A. (March 2018) "DDR and Return in the DRC--A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?" LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa blog. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/03/26/ddr-and-return-in-the-drc-a-foolish-investment-or-nece...
 
Description Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)
While conducting research on post-conflict peace building interventions in northern Uganda, Francis Abonga is surprised to encounter a gunfight.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2019/01/14/cattle-raids-gunfights-and-tribal-tensions-during-fie...
 
Description Conference Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Holly Porter presented research from ongoing research at the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, USA, November 14-18 which will eventually be a second book, entitled: Sex, Love and War: Intimate relations in a violent world. It was one of several presentations in the panel which she co-organizesd with Ryan O'Byrne highlighting other research related to Politics of Return and Trajectories of Displacement grants. The panel was entitled: The Contradictions of 'Resilience' and Return in the Aftermath of Forced Displacement. It sparked a lively discussion and questions afterward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Holly Porter organised a panel entitled: 'Masculinities in Africa', for the African Studies Association, in Birmingham, UK, September 11-13, 2018 (with Philipp Schulz). She also also presented work from her own research with former male ex-combatants from the LRA entitled: At Home and in the Bush: Agency, coercion and desire among male (ex)combatants. It sparked questions and discussion afterward and a number of the participants mentioned how impactful it was on their own thinking and research. Several have followed up via email in weeks following to continue the discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference about land and conflict in east DRC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 13 November, Koen Vlassenroot was invited as an expert at the pre-conference with European and Congolese experts, state representatives and civil society members in Wageningen on land and conflict in eastern DRC. This pre-conference is organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation of a large conference in Bukavu on conflict land reform, scheduled for June 2019. Koen Vlassenroot is also a member of the scientific committee of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation 'Legacies of the Invisible Children: was it a good idea to infantilise the Lord's Resistance Army?' at the Children and politics: Violence, citizenship and political re-education in the twentieth century' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Tim Allen and Melissa Parker had a conference presentation titled 'Legacies of the Invisible Children: was it a good idea to infantilise the Lord's Resistance Army?' Presented at a conference entitled: 'Children and politics: Violence, citizenship and political re-education in the twentieth century' The conference was held by the Centre for War, State and Society and Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter over two dais from 20-21 October, 2017. There were international contributions from scholars based in Israel, France, the US, and the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference presentation at African Studies Association UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation of emerging findings of study on access to magistrates' courts in Uganda and South Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation: Uganda's invisible children: Reintegration, rejection and disappearance after life with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda at the University of Oslo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Tim Allen and Melissa Parker presented 'Uganda's invisible children: Reintegration, rejection and disappearance after life with the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda', at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, December 6th 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Congolese Research Network on Peace and Security (ResCongo) - Annual Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ResCongo held its inaugural annual conference from September 27-28, in collaboration with the SSRC, the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu (ISP-Bukavu), and the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University, at the Centre Culturel Boboto in Kinshasa. Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn were invited to attend as members of the advisory committee.

ResCongo, the first national Congolese network of researchers working on peace and security issues, is a virtual platform that promotes and facilitates exchanges among Congolese scholars, connecting and enhancing the participation of these researchers in international academic and policy discussions. ResCongo invited members and interested researchers to submit abstracts, draft papers, and present their work through a call for proposals. Twenty applications were selected after a competitive assessment process. The theme of the inaugural conference was "Insecurity and the Provision of Justice in Urban and Semi-Urban areas in the DRC: Actors, Practices and Perspectives."

The conference began with opening remarks from Noël Obotela Rashidi, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Politics (CEP) at the University of Kinshasa. Over the course of two days, conference leaders and participants held panels on topics ranging from "Insecurity and National Resources" to "Land Conflicts, Customary Authorities, and Justice." Prominent Congolese researchers led most of the panel discussions, while Tatiana was asked to co-lead a discussion on methodologies, the challenges of conducting research in the DRC, and how scientific research can best inform public policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/congolese-research-network-on-peace-and-security-rescongo-%E2%80%93...
 
Description Curating Impact: A Process for New Knowledge Creation Through Arts #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog by Kara Blackmore explores the vital role art can play in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/10/25/curating-impact-a-process-for-new-knowledge-creation-t...
 
Description Diamonds in the Central African Republic for Sustainable Development and Peace with the Belgian/CAR/Moroccan Missions to the United Nations (New York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn partnered with the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations to facilitate a high-level Expert Brainstorming on "Diamonds in the Central African Republic for Sustainable Development and Peace." The meeting was co-hosted by the Kingdoms of Belgium and Morocco and by the Government of CAR. Participants included representatives from civil society, the United Nations Secretariat, and 21 Permanent Country Missions to the UN. They discussed key challenges and opportunities for building the CAR's capacity to counter the illicit exploitation of natural resources and the role MINUSCA and other partners can play to establish the conditions necessary for the successful implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in CAR.

Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve of Belgium; Ambroisine Kpongo of the Central African Republic, and Omar Hilale of Morocco provided introductory remarks on the draft national strategy to address these issues, while a group of experts comprised of Tatiana Carayannis (SSRC), Marc Van Bockstael (Antwerp World Diamond Centre), Ruben De Koning (The Sentry), Marie Lintzer, (Natural Resource Governance Institute) and Damian Lluna (European Commission) provided their expertise on armed groups operating in the CAR and the role of the sanctions regime. This meeting worked to support the implementation of the National Recovery and Peacebuilding Plan for CAR and the work of the African Ministers of Mining at the upcoming African Diamond Conference in Brussels on 13-15 November.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/diamonds-in-central-african-republic-for-sustainable-development-an...
 
Description Dicussions with DFID conflict advisers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald held discussions with DFID conflict advisers in the Research and Evidence Division (RED) and East Africa country offices about Politics of Return project and importance of research on returning populations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with DFID conflict advisers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald held discussions with DFID conflict advisers in the Research and Evidence Division (RED) and East Africa country offices about the Politics of Return project and importance of research on returning populations in May 2017. Primary audience included 10 DFID/HMG conflict advisers and 4 FCO/HMG analysts engaged in Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, and the east Africa region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar (ACSS-Washington, D.C.) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 30 October 2017, Tatiana Carayannis participated in the Africa Center for Strategic Studies' (ACSS) Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar as a panelist during a session entitled, "Conflict Focus: Civil War Resolution: South Sudan and CAR". She was invited to share her expertise and insight on the conflict in CAR, the status of UN's efforts in the region and some major challenges to peacebuilding. The panel is part of ACSS' inaugural Emerging Security Sector Leaders Seminar, from 23 October to 9 November in Washington, D.C. The seminar aims to provide the next generation of African security sector leaders with practical and effective tools upon which they can draw to contribute to their nations' security and development. Around 60 mid-level security professionals from over 30 African countries participated in the seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://africacenter.org/programs/emerging-security-sector-leaders-seminar/emerging-security-sector-...
 
Description Gender, Arts, and Symbolic Reparatons 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symbols and Bodies: a comparative look at performative commemoration and counter-memorials in the former Yugoslavia and Great Lakes of central Africa.
Abstract: This collaborative paper and performance proposes the use of female bodies as the locust for counter memorials against state and INGO formulated masculine hero narratives. Curator and scholar Kara Blackmore will draw on her work curating temporary war memorials in Uganda and be joined by artist and scholar Manca Bajec who will examine and perform a memorial piece related to mosaic of post-war former Yugoslavia memoryscapes. The two propose that in fragile conditions with ongoing structural and cultural violence, even after the physical trauma has ended, that women's bodies become a site to process the transitions and seek out justice. This proposition stems from the work related to the performative turn in memorialisation and the recognition of the body as a critically underrepresented space in the literature on symbolic reparations. Here they interrogate the forms of solidarity founded in women's movements to produce narratives against the dominant discourse.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.genderjusticememory.com/cape-town/
 
Description Gulu stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald and other key stakeholders held a meeting in Gulu, northern Uganda (attended by ~50 Ugandan researchers and practitioners) to present Politics of Return research programme and discuss opportunities for collaboration and co-production in August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description I will not just be average: How football took Aloh Francis from Uganda's war-zone to Vietnam and back 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Madeleine Issitt narrates how Aloh Francis emerged from conflict-affected northern Uganda to develop a football career that took him to Vietnam.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/09/17/i-will-not-be-just-average-how-football-took-aloh-fra...
 
Description Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis took part in a two-day, joint workshop with the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the UK Research Council (RCUK) to discuss the recent UN-World Bank report, Pathways to Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/pathways-for-peace-mapping-out-a-new-research-agenda/
 
Description Information Sharing with Key UN implementing partners in the Central African Republic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact After conducting her research and finishing her paper for the PoR project, Enrica Picco shared and presented her findings with various UN actors who are involved in shaping refugee return policy in CAR, including the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for MINUSCA (UN Peacekeeping Mission in Country), and senior representatives from the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. They were grateful for the guidance, and data about the challenges return Muslims refugees face, and committed to adjusting their protection policy to help better serve this vulnerable population. Through this engagement, and their knowledge of Ms. Picco's earlier work, she was hired to serve as the Humanitarian expert, on the Panel of Experts, authorized by the UN Security Council in S/RES/2399. The Secretary General announced her official appointment on 28 February 2018. The most significant outcome of this activity was better projection for Muslim returnees in CAR by international peacekeeping forces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=%20S/2018/168
 
Description International Studies Association Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/roundtable-discussion-on-academic-engagement-with-think-tanks-and-p...
 
Description International facilitator at British Academy Writing Workshop: Rwandan Perspectives on post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International facilitator at British Academy-funded writing workshop in Kigali (organised by KCL, SOAS and Aegis Trust) to support the development of promising early career scholars in Rwanda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Laura Gees of the UN Department of Political Affairs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tatiana was interviewed by Laura Gees for the UN Department of Political Affairs' online magazine Politically Speaking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview, former DRC Vice President Jean Pierre Bemba 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis also traveled to Brussels to interview former DRC Vice President Jean Pierre Bemba, who had one-week prior to the interview been acquitted by the International Criminal Court for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. Tatiana's timely and exclusive interview with the possible presidential candidate for the DRC elections scheduled for December 2018 has heightened the narrative of her upcoming book supported by CPAID, the Rise and Fall of the MLC: Rebellion, the ICC, and the Shaping of Public Authority in Congo and CAR. This book will be published by Zed Books, after a formal proposal has been requested by Editorial Director Ken Barlow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Talk, book talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Holly Porter gave a book talk and presentation at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, May 24, 2018 entitled: After Rape: Violence justice and social harmony in Uganda. Subsequently, the talk is available on podcast from their website. It was well attended by students and faculty as well as others from outside the University and sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the school reported increased interest in related subject areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Holly Porter gave a book talk and presentation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, February 8, 2018 entitled: After Rape: Violence justice and social harmony in Uganda. It was well attended by postgraduate and doctoral students and faculty as well as others from outside the University and sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the school reported increased interest in related subject areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Holly Porter gave a book talk and presentation at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Social Science in Denmark, April 13th entitled: After Rape: Violence justice and social harmony in Uganda. It was well attended by students and faculty as well as others from outside the University and sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the school reported increased interest in related subject areas. Colleagues at the University of Copenhagen were also planning to begin research on related gender issues and violence in northern Uganda and this talk and discussion afterward has impacted this as well as led to plans for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Justice briefs -Gulu, Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald briefed the regional state prosecutor (Gulu, Uganda) and Chief Magistrate (Gulu, Uganda) on justice seeking patterns among returning populations in Acholiland in July/August 2017.The activity reached the regional state prosecutor, as well as his team: the district state attorney and a junior state attorney. It also reached the Chief Magistrate of Gulu High Court and two grade I magistrates, and justice sector officials. This was a regional activity - focused on the Ugandan judicial sector in northern Uganda. The primary audience was Ugandan researchers, scholars and development practitioners as international researchers working on topics related to the grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Keeping the Faith: On the spiritual dimensions of South Sudanese exile in Arua, north-west Uganda #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog by Elizabeth Storer explaining spiritual and religious consequences of exile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/09/22/keeping-the-faith-on-the-spiritual-dimensions-of-south...
 
Description Keynote address at the Invitational Model African Union at Hobart and William Smith College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis gave the keynote address at the Invitational Model African Union at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York. Representing delegates from the African Union nations, students engaged in a weekend of dialogue and debate with their peers about the political, social, environmental and economic challenges that face the African continent. The aim of the conference is to enhance students' understanding of diplomacy and public speaking, respectfully engage with the diversity, significance and values of Africa, challenge colonial viewpoints and inspire interest in Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description King's College/African Leadership Centre of the University of Nairobi Fellows 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Social Science Research Council hosted a group of King's College Peace and Security Fellows as part of the SSRC's partnership with King's College London's African Leadership Centre, the University of Nairobi. The SSRC has been hosting the King's College Fellows annually for the past decade. The Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars seeks to nurture junior African Scholars, specifically women, interested in pursuing a career in peace and security and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
 
Description Knowledge exchange meetings with policymakers, development practitioners and civil society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Five days of meetings in Kampala, Uganda to engage development practitioners, government officials, legal practitioners and civil society organisations on emerging findings of research on transitional justice and access to justice in northern Uganda and implications for policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Knowledge exchange workshop with development and foreign policy practitioners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on "what works" in justice and security interventions in central Africa to UK HMG audience at the British Embassy in Nairobi. Presentation drew upon research conducted on transitional justice and access to state justice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Machar Diu Presentation at the University of Khartoum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Machar Diu (South Sudanese researcher) presented research on the Nuer courts in refugee camps in Kosti (Sudan) during a conference at the University Khartoum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee - Part 2 #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog part 2 by Naomi Pendle that explores the meaning of exile and the lived experience of being a refugee through cycles of displacement and return. In the first article of this two-part series, Pendle tells us how Chol rebuilt home after years spent in exile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/01/16/making-family-the-journey-into-exile-of-a-south-sudan-...
 
Description Making Family: The Journey into Exile of a South Sudan Refugee Part 1 #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog by Naomi Pendle explores the meaning of exile and the lived experience of being a refugee through cycles of displacement and return. In the first article of this two-part series, Pendle tells us how Chol rebuilt home after years spent in exile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/01/15/making-family-the-journey-into-exile-of-a-south-sudan-...
 
Description Meeting with General Denis Kalume, National Coordinator of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and Great Lakes Region 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During this meeting in Addis-Ababa, Tatiana Carayannis met with General Kalume, the primary national representatives tasked with implementing the DRC's commitments of the PSCF. One of his key challenges is the successful socio-economic integration of returning ex-combatants, and it was discussed that our work could be channeled into his policy reform process. General Kalume is the leader of the Government of the DRC's National Oversight Mechanism for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework of the Great Lakes Region. The results of this meeting resulted in a possible change in policy, evolution of DDR programming in DRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mobilising histories of discrimination, persecution and genocide to make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 21-22 May, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The legacy of traumatic pasts - including internal displacement, war and genocide - is one of the most serious obstacles to development in post-conflict states. The Mobilising Histories workshop, which was organised by the University of Leeds and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, and supported through the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, brought together academics and practitioners (from NGOs and civil society organisations), to learn from each other, and share their experience of devising arts interventions that mobilise 'dark pasts' to promote social justice agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/resources/working-papers/
 
Description Moving Toward "Home": Love and relationships in the aftermath of war and displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Holly Porter gave a paper presentation titled, Moving Toward "Home": Love and relationships in the aftermath of war and displacement, presented in three conferences: African Studies Association UK, Cambridge, UK September 7-9; Development Studies Association, Oxford, UK, September 12-14; American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, USA, November 16-20.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Notes from the field: mob justice in Gulu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Julian Hopwood writes about an unsettling event on the field that led him to reflect on mob justice and the complicated moral and political territory it finds itself.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/11/23/notes-from-the-field-mob-justice-in-gulu/
 
Description Organised workshop on ethics and positionally of research in conflict environments 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact workshop in collaboration with GEC and Land Rush on ethics and positionally of research in conflict environments, September 2017, Bukavu, DRC (30+ local participants). in the workshop we worked together with Congolese researchers to discuss ethical dilemmas they face when conducting field research. This workshop was the first in a serie of sessions discussion and further reflecting on positionally and ethics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Organised workshop on research ethics and on blogging 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We organised a workshop on research ethics and on blogging with GEC and Land Rush, October 2018, Bukavu, DRC (30+ local participants). This workshop was the second in a series, discussing ethical issues in doing field research in conflict sensitive areas. We also organised a workshop on how to write blogs, so Congolese researchers can more readily participate to discussions around Congo, and research ethics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panel, "This Is Congo" at the New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Tatiana gave a talk at the New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility following their film screening of "This Is Congo" as a part of their Fall Performance in Motion Film Series. The film takes the audience into the cycles of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and provides a very rare look inside the Congolese Army (FARDC), while also following the movement of internally displaced people in the region. Tatiana's discussion was complemented by remarks by the film's producer/editor Alyse Ardell Spiegel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://events.newschool.edu/event/film_series_this_is_congo#.XE84UFVKiCg
 
Description Papa Mfumu'Eto, Carter Conference, African Studies, University of Florida 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Paper presentation given by Joe Trapido entitled 'Papa Mfumu'Eto vernacular sociologist, which was about the social and cultural context of Congolese cartoonist Papa Mfumu'Eto. The paper was delivered mainly to scholars at a conference that included several open sessions attended by the public, including readings and presentations by artists and novelists, and a school visit. There were around 40 people in attendance including Africanist scholars from history and anthropology, museum curators, artists and writers and wider university figures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Paper Presentation: The role of magistrates courts in conflict-related disputes in northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald gave a paper presentation on the role of magistrates courts in conflict-related disputes in northern Uganda at University of Edinburgh, Centre for African Studies (CAS) conference Law and Social Order (3-4 April 2017). The audience included international academics, researchers and scholars from UK, US, Zimbabwe, France, Portugal, Kenya and Belgium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Paper Presentation: Transitional Justice and Political Economies of Survival in northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald gave a paper presentation on Transitional Justice and Political Economies of Survival in northern Uganda at Oxford University Transitional Justice Network seminar in March 2017. 20 participants but likely more through the Oxford Transitional Justice Network podcast, which recorded and distributed the presentation. Audience included primarily with scholars, researchers and practitioners engaged in the local dimensions and impact of transitional justice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Paper Presentation: Transitional Justice and Political Economies of Survival in northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Holly Porter presented her paper on Transitional Justice and Political Economies of Survival in northern Uganda at Oxford University Transitional Justice Network seminar in March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Paper presentation: Role of magistrates courts in conflict-related disputes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald presented her paper on the role of magistrates courts in conflict-related disputes in northern Uganda at University of Edinburgh, Centre for African Studies (CAS) conference Law and Social Order (3-4 April 2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation to workshop - silent voices from the field 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 26 October, Koen Vlassenroot participated in the 'Silent Voices from the Field' workshop organized by CRG at Ghent University. Participants of workshop included researchers from CRG partners in the Global South. The workshop connected to similar reflections held in eastern Congo in January and October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pathways for Peace: Mapping Out a New Research Agenda with the Global Challenges Research Fund and the UK Research Councils 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis participated in a joint, two-day workshop with the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the UK Research Council (RCUK) titled "Pathways for Peace: Mapping Out a New Research Agenda,". The meeting was held at the United Nations and brought together researchers funded by the RCUKs and UN practitioners for a critical discussion on the recent UN-World Bank report, Pathways to Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Photo Essay: Seeing Displacement through Ethnographic Photography #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog by Elizabeth Storer unveiling a project which seeks to present a more accurate portrayal of displacement through the medium of photography.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/09/20/photo-essay-seeing-displacement-through-ethnographic-p...
 
Description Preliminary discussions about a showing of the Gbadolite airport photo exhibit/essay 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This meeting was an initial conversation to gage NYU's interest in hosting this type of exhibit on university grounds. The feedback was positive, and once the Gbadolite event is scheduled, a follow-up for a New York showing will follow. The intention of the exhibit is to broaden the exposure of the Gbadolite Airport graffiti, and the historical significance of this form of art to an audience in one of the most artistic communities in the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Seven policy makers from the UK's Foreign Office and from UK's Department for International Development attended a presentation that I organised to share research carried out in Malakal's United Nations Protection of Civilian Sites (POCS) (South Sudan). I organised the presentation and also invite two other academics to present on their research findings that related to other Protection of Civilian Sites in South Sudan. The research presented highlighted looked at the ways people have built shelters as a way to explore how camp residents have remade dignity. Plus, they have used their shelters to remake social diversity despite the conditions of the camp and despite the tendency towards homogeneity in humanitarian programming. At the moment, in the UK government, these UN protection sites are of concern because: 1) policy decisions are being made about the future of the sites in South Sudan; 2) policy decisions are being made about whether the POCS model in South Sudan should be repeated elsewhere. This timely discussion was able to directly feed into UK government policy discussions. Policy has not yet been formed at the time of writing. However, the audience found it useful to think about the diversity in the POCS and residents agency in these contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Authority in the DRC and UN Peace Operations: A Talk at Peking University, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact December 18th 2017 Tatiana Carayannis, gave a talk on the nature of public authority in the DRC and UN peace operations to a group of Chinese scholars, researchers, students, and faculty members at Peking University in Beijing (PKU) - hosted by Dr. Liu Haifang, Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Centre for African Studies at Peking University's School of International Studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/public-authority-in-the-drc-and-un-peace-operations-a-talk-at-pekin...
 
Description Pursuing Justice in Northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter explore issues of justice, accountability and social repair in the context of post-conflict northern Uganda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/12/24/pursuing-justice-in-northern-uganda-lsereturn/
 
Description Revisiting 'justice' in northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is a blog that explores justice interventions in northern Uganda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/01/11/revisiting-justice-in-northern-uganda-lsereturn/
 
Description Revisiting 'justice' in northern Uganda #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two studies in the current issue of the Journal of Eastern African Studies re-visit the fascinating debate about justice and reconciliation in northern Uganda, nearly ten years since the fighting between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) stopped on Ugandan soil, as Anna Macdonald, Holly Porter and Letha Victor discuss in this blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/01/11/revisiting-justice-in-northern-uganda-lsereturn/
 
Description Roundtable on Academic Engagement: "Power of Rules and Rule of Power" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable on academic engagement with think tanks and policymakers organized by the Bridging the Gap project in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/roundtable-discussion-on-academic-engagement-with-think-tanks-and-p...
 
Description Talk at the Global Studies Research Seminar, Ghent University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Global Studies Research Seminar provides doctoral students (and advanced Master students as well as postdoctoral researchers) whose research is situated in, or related to, the field of Global Studies indepth and advanced training in contemporary critical Global Studies, and theory and methodology in related fields, Tatiana Carayannis spoke on a panel titled "Global Studies in Parliament - the promises and pitfalls of policy influence" about processes of political agenda-setting and policy-m
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tatiana's interview on the DRC on France 24 and BBC Radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis was interviewed by France 24 and BBC Radio for her analysis of post-electoral dynamics in the DRC. Tatiana makes a well-argued, carefully thought out case for how the short-term fix that has prompted a post-electoral crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo have 'sowed the seeds for instability' and could lead to long-term instability and violence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.france24.com/en/video/20190120-tatiana-carayannis-conflict-prevention-peace-forum-electi...
 
Description The Changing Landscape of Armed Groups: Doing Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Differently 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On May 1st 2018, Tatiana Carayannis moderated and spoke on a panel discussion at the United Nations Secretariat on "The Changing Landscape of Armed Groups: Doing Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Differently." This panel discussion was hosted by the World Bank Group and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations' Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions and brought together representatives from the United Nations, Member States, civil society, and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://peacekeeping.un.org/sites/default/files/the_changing_landscape_of_armed_groups.pdf
 
Description The Politics of Return: An agenda for research #LSEreturn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog by Professor Tim Allen and Dr Anna Macdonald discuss why it is more important than ever to investigate the dynamics of return and reintegration in Central and Eastern Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/09/18/the-politics-of-return-an-agenda-for-research-lseretur...
 
Description The Situation in the DRC (with Sylvain Saluseke, LUCHA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 16 March 2018, SSRC researchers, Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn organized a Central Africa Policy Forum on current developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with featured speaker Sylvain Saluseke of the Congolese pro-democracy youth activist group, LUCHA. The meeting, held at the Security Council Report and in the margins of Security Council debates on the mandate renewal of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), brought together representatives from UN country missions, the UN Secretariat, NGOs, and researchers. LUCHA or Struggle for Change (Twitter: @luchaRDC) is a non-violent, non-partisan citizen's movement formed in 2012 and based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Neither a classic NGO nor a political party, Lucha has mobilized in innovative ways to ensure young people's voices are heard in DRC. Sylvain Saluseke, a businessman and activist, was held by Congolese security forces for over a month in 2015 for his work with the movement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/the-situation-in-the-drc-with-sylvain-saluseke-lucha/
 
Description The legacy of LRA conflict continues to disempower women in rural Northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Donnas Ojok shares a compelling personal tale of how the impact of the LRA war in Northern Uganda still make it difficult for women and girls to thrive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/03/14/the-legacy-of-lra-conflict-continues-to-disempower-wom...
 
Description Towards a New Congo Crisis: A Roundtable Conversation on Security, Electoral Tensions and Political Imaginaries in the DRC: A Talk at NYU, Abu Dhabi Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On February 12th, Tatiana Carayannisspoke at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on "Towards a New Congo Crisis? A Roundtable Conversation on Security, Electoral Tensions and Political Imaginaries in the DRC". This roundtable discussion examined the current wave of protests in the DRC and the gravity of the mass displacement of 4.3 million civilians before examining the possible evolution of the crisis and the prospects for political change.Tatiana spoke of the growing pro-democracy movement and political impasse in Kinshasa, and of regional dynamics, and warned that the DRC is now facing its worst crisis since 1998.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ssrc.org/events/view/dr-tatiana-carayannis-speaks-at-nyu-on-towards-a-new-congo-crisis-a...
 
Description Trajectories of Displacement Stakeholder Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In August 2017, a large research stakeholders workshop was held in Gulu, northern Uganda, chaired by Dr Grace Akello, a research consultant on the grant from Gulu University. Forty Ugandan researchers were in attendance from the UK and across Uganda, as well as practitioners and policy-makers. The workshop programme encouraged the development of research ideas linked to 'Trajectories of Displacement' as well as advice and training on the writing of research proposals. Shortly after the workshop a 'call for proposals' was circulated and twenty-five proposals were received. To date, we have commissioned three papers (topics below) and the PI, co-Is and project consultants will work closely with and mentor the junior researchers as they develop their research and write it up.

Julius Kaka, 'The civil-military interface and the reality of post-conflict reconstruction in northern Uganda'

Eric Awich Ocen, 'A re-examination of women's participation in household livelihoods initiatives and community development: the case of the VSLA and self-help groups in northern Uganda'.

Robert Okeny, 'Self-help groups, social capital and the role of development actors in community post-conflict reconstruction'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On the Africa@LSE blog, Julian Hopwood reflects in first of a two-part series on matters of evidence in both the Ugandan justice system and in popular understandings of witchcraft.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/11/23/truth-evidence-and-proof-in-the-realm-of-the-unseen-p...
 
Description Truth, Evidence and Proof in the realm of the unseen (Part 2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact In the Africa@LSE blog, Julian Hopwood reflects in the second article of a two-part series on matters of evidence in both the Ugandan justice system and in popular understandings of witchcraft.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/11/30/truth-evidence-and-proof-in-the-realm-of-the-unseen-p...
 
Description Understanding South Sudan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Speakers and academics based in the UK were brought together with policy makers and representatives of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan, to engage the urgent questions of knowledge and its consequences. Key speakers were Martin Ochaya, a pastor, researcher and political analyst; Frédérique Cifuentes Morgan, a filmmaker and cultural producer and Aru Muortat, an economist and heir to a legacy of political resistance leadership.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/11/23/understanding-south-sudan-questions-of-knowledge-and-r...
 
Description Video: Reliving the Euphoria of South Sudan Independence through the Documentary Our Bright Stars 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Almost seven years after South Sudan became independent, we look back at the high expectations citizens had for their new nation through the eyes of a documentary, Our Bright Stars, directed by Frederique Cifuentes and Sidi Moctar Khaba.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2018/02/19/video-reliving-the-euphoria-of-south-sudan-independenc...
 
Description What Ghost Rape Teaches Us About What Rape Really Is 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The biog explores: What is rape? Is it a socio-cultural or legal construct? Is it a bodily experience? Is it an objective thing that exists apart from subjective human experience? Reflecting on evidence from war and post-war northern Uganda, It suggests that rape might better be understood as a sexual trespass on the boundaries of being. The blog suggests ways outsiders wanting to understand a context deeply impacted by decades of war might look beyond physically evident conditions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2019/02/18/what-ghost-rape-teaches-us-about-what-rape-actually-i...
 
Description Women Peace and Security , Intensive Course for policymakers, presentation of research on sexual violence and justice in Northern Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Women Peace and Security centre at LSE organises an annual intensive course attended by practitioners and policymakers. Holly Porter presented research from northern Uganda on sexual violence, and responses to it. The presentation highlighted some of the policy implications of the research. The presentation sparked a lively debate, questions and discussion afterward, some of which has been continued over email.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop at TAKS Centre, Gulu on Lawino's people 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tim Allen, Melissa Parker and others on the PaCCs team: in the summer of 2017, a 2 day workshop was convened at the TAKS Centre, Gulu on Lawino's people. This workshop focused on Okot p'Btek and others who have written on the region in the past. It also provided an opportunity for around 60 participants to discuss the kind of research they felt was important following the end of the war, and the breaking up of the displacement camps. The event was blogged by the TAKS Centre themselves - highlighting the local impact of the event. Around 60 people attended. It was aimed at researchers in the region, although around 10 international researchers attended, including representatives of the International Criminal Court. A book, based partly on the meeting has been completed and passed to the publisher.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://takscentre.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/taks-unites-lawinos-people35-years_8.html
 
Description Workshop in Bukavu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 22-23 January 2018 a workshop was organized in Bukavu with 35 local researchers, including our research team (Tatiana Carayannis, Koen Vlassenroot, and Aaron Pangburn), to discuss ethical challenges of local researchers. This seminar was organized in collaboration with the ISDR and ISP, two local research and teaching institutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop in Gemena 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact On 30 January, a workshop was organized by Tatiana Carayannis, Aaron Pangburn, and Koen Vlassenroot in Gemena with various segments of the Congolese ex-combatant community (ex-MLC, ex-Conader) to discuss their experiences of return. This conversation will be hosted with Les Aiglons, a locally based NGO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop on blogging with GEC and Land Rush, January 2019, Kamembe, Rwanda (30+ local participants) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this second workshop on blogging, which we organised with GEC and Land Rush, January 2019, Kamembe, Rwanda (30+ local participants)
We followed up on how to write a blog, more over we discussed ongoing research activities in the region and reflected on the outcome of the Congolese elections. Due to security restrictions by Ugent the event was organise din Rwanda instead of Bukavu, East DRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on the 5th Anniversary of the Signing of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for DRC and the Great Lakes Region of Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Tatiana Carayannis served as the facilitator for the workshop on the 5th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace, Security & Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Africa's Great Lakes region in Addis Ababa. Led by UN Special Envoy Said Djinnit, this workshop brought together dignitaries, leaders, and other regional stakeholders to assess progress in the implementation of the PSCF in the 5 years since it was signed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ungreatlakes.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/joint_press_release_-_five_years_on_the_peac...
 
Description Workshop: Law and Social Order 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Anna Macdonald (co-I), working in partnership with Dr Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock at the Edinburgh Centre for African Studies through a small British Academy/Leverhume grant, helped conceive of the event and put together the agenda and list of participants. Macdonald's PoR funded work on the role of Magistrate's Courts in return-related land and generational disputes in Gulu, northern Uganda was presented at the conference. Macdonald also chaired the high-level session on 'Order and Disorder' in law and social order. The conference was administered through the University of Edinburgh Centre for African Studies. The conference was administered through the University of Edinburgh Centre for African Studies. Two articles were submitted to peer-reviewed journals; An ESRC open call funding application for further collaborative research (Macdonald and Cooper-Knock) on the role of Magistrates' Courts in areas of limited statehood (this was submitted in Feburary 2018). The collaboration leading to the conference contributed to theoretical and empirical knowledge exchange on contestations around law and social order across several African contexts. It also resulted in on-going collaboration between Macdonald and Cooper-Knock to prepare and submit an ESRC open call application for further research on the role of Magistates' Courts in areas of limited statehood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshops in Gulu (Feb-March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop held over a series of days in Gulu, presenting and discussing papers that will be included in a special issue on displacement and return.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description conference presentation - Geneva 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 15-17 November 2018, Koen Vlassenroot participated at the international conference on Civil Wars and State Formation - Africa in Comparative Perspective. The conference was convened by the University of Geneva and the Swiss Society of African Studies. He presented a paper on the circular return of combatants in eastern DRC and exchanged with academics and Swiss Peace staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description meeting with Stabilisation Unit, Monusco 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Stabilisation Unit, Monusco, October 2018, Goma, DRC. To discuss conflict dynamics in eastern Congo and to provide feedback to MONUSCO on their approach in the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018