Movement on the Margins: Livelihoods and Security in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda

Elizabeth Stites

Dyan Mazurana

Khristopher Carlson

January 30, 2007

The Fletcher School, Tufts University

The protracted conflict in northern Uganda has created profound insecurity, resulted in the widespread loss of agrarian livelihoods, and pushed nearly two million people into internal displacement camps. With the current cessation of hostilities between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the government of Uganda, people are increasingly on the move. This presentation discusses the findings of a newly released field-based study by the Feinstein International Center. The study examines the livelihoods of households in Kitgum district and the adaptation of livelihood strategies in response to insecurity. Discussion includes an analysis of the major threats facing populations in Kitgum and the protective mechanisms employed by individuals, households and communities to mitigate their vulnerability to these threats.

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