UGANDA: Rotary Peace Fellows Working with Rotarians on Early Conflict Warning and Early Response
After completing their master’s degree programs as Rotary Peace Fellows at the University of Queensland, Robert Opira (2005-07) and Godfrey Mukalazi (2004-06) founded the Great Lakes Center for Conflict Resolution in Gulu, Uganda.
Robert and Godfrey got various Rotary districts together who contributed $14,597 from their District Designated Fund, and the Rubaga (Uganda) club provided $3,000.
The districts involved are:
5890 (Texas, USA)
6060 (Missouri, USA)
6200 (Louisiana, USA)
9200 (Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda)
Matching funds from a Global Grant by The Rotary Foundation added another $16,000. With a total project budget of nearly US$34,000, these Rotary Peace Fellow alumni partnered with Rotarians to create “peace clubs” at 10 high schools. These clubs use artwork as a means to provide ongoing conflict prevention education in their communities.
The Great Lakes Center for Conflict Resolution (GLACCR) continues to address conflict and security challenges in the five-country Great Lakes region, where more than five million people have died since the mid-1990s in conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda alone.
Working with 26 non-governmental organizations and district government leaders, GLACCR is building conflict sensitivity training into development projects in northern Uganda. The effort, funded by a US$100,000 grant from USAID, will help preserve peace in area communities by focusing on the root causes and consequences of conflict. GLACCR also provides expertise in peacebuilding and conflict resolution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Vision, Self-Help Uganda and other NGOs active in Uganda. In addition, it is designing a conflict early warning system that will link global information technologies with local social networks to help prevent conflict.