Accord Insight: Women building peace

Mar 2013
Accord Insight Women building peace cover
This first Accord Insight presents nine articles drawn from previous editions of Accord that examine the roles women have played in addressing violence and building peace. The publication documents women’s first hand peacebuilding practice: the challenges they faced, the opportunities they created and the lessons they have drawn from their experiences.

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

Voice of Peace: LRA conflict news - Jun - Sept 2012

Sep 2012
News and views from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Uganda, June - September 2012 edition.

Q&A Ongwen on trial: Will justice be served for LRA victims?

Ongwen is the first member of the LRA to appear before the International Criminal Court. Conciliation Resources' partners from areas affected by the LRA across East and Central Africa give their verdict on whether they think justice will be served.

Box 2 - Conversation with former LRA Commander Captain Ray Apire

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

In this interview, Captain Apire reflects on how the Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (ARLPI) was perceived by the LRA. The interview was conducted by James Latigo in Acholi and translated into English.

Captain Ray Apire

Captain Ray Apire was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 1993 from his home village of Lamola in Kitgum district, northern Uganda. He served as the LRA’s Chief Catechist (faith teacher) until he surrendered to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in 2004. Since then he has counselled new LRA returnees at the UPDF Child Protection Unit in Gulu.

Northern Uganda - The Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative: local mediation with the Lord’s Resistance Army

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Rt. Bishop Macleod Baker Ochola and James O. Latigo review the efforts of the ARLPI to reach out to the LRA. These led to mediated dialogue between the LRA and the Ugandan government.

Rt. Bishop Macleod Baker Ochola

Rt. Bishop Ochola was formerly Anglican Bishop of Kitgum Diocese in northern Uganda. He is a Board member and Ambassador for Peace at Acholi Religious Leaders' Peace Initiative, and the founder and Chair of the Acholi Education Initiative. He remains a committed peace activist.

James O. Latigo

Ojera James Latigo is Program Director of Uganda Historical Memory and Reconciliation Council, and Research Fellow and Academic Coordinator at the Marcus Garvey Pan-Afrikan Institute. He is also a consultant for Conciliation Resources’ East and Central Africa Programme.

Expert analysis: between fighting and talking

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Governments and the international community remain reluctant to allow space for dialogue with non-state armed groups and have a limited understanding of how to reach and influence them constructively. Yet whilst international policy remains ambiguous, local populations living alongside armed groups may already be in contact.