This report presents the findings of a mixed-methods study that examined the precise relationship and intersection between post-conflict trauma, peacebuilding (PB) and economic development. These three areas are interrelated in the TPO Uganda interventions among post-conflict communities in Acholi and Lango regions in northern Uganda. The people of these regions were subjected to armed insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army from 1986-2007. Since the end of the conflict, communities have tried to return to some kind of “normalcy”, but individuals, families and communities are still suffering from the psychological and social consequences of the atrocities they endured. In the aftermath of this 20-year civil war, the area has experienced a worrisome rise in suicide, domestic violence, substance abuse and criminal violence. The poor economic situation has worsened the situation.
The implementation of a range of interrelated interventions by TPO Uganda is motivated by the assumption that unattended past traumas and psychological distress, stigma and discrimination, violence (such as land conflicts and gender-based violence), and economic hardship have all obstructed peaceful coexistence among communities in post-conflict northern Uganda. TPO Uganda’s objective is: “Post-conflict communities are living together in harmony and enjoying good mental health”.
The aim of this study is to deepen the understanding of the project’s achievements and limitations and link the findings with scientific research. In addition to a literature search, a quantitative survey (85 people) and qualitative individual interviews (23 people) and focus group discussions (16 groups) were performed among the people in Acholi and Lango regions who had participated in the TPO Uganda program.