Greetings from Advance Afrika!
It is our great pleasure to provide you with a quick glimpse of our 2016 Annual report highlighting our programmes and activities. Ultimately, our work is directed towards changing lives, and helping vulnerable youth restore their social functionality. As an organisation we aim at contributing to a safe and free society that upholds the dignity of every person. Since 2012 up to date, we have made remarkable efforts in the areas of rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration; youth entrepreneurship, research documentation and advocacy and institutional development and capacity strengthening.
“Civil Society Organisations complement the efforts of correctional services because the Government can no longer work in isolation.” Is the message our Country Director Rwankangi Ronald stressed when presenting about the Contribution of Civil Society in Correctional agenda in Africa at The African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) meeting in Kigali, Rwanda where all heads of Correctional Services were in in attendance. ACSA is an association of Correctional/Prisons services in Africa which was formed in 2008 to become the front runner and nucleus of Correctional professional development on the African continent and one of the leading Correctional development organisations in the world. To know more about ACSA visit http://www.africancorrectionalservicesassociation.org/.
This report presents findings and recommendations on the assessment of the business environment for micro and small enterprises in northern Uganda. The study was conducted in 8 districts of Acholi and Lango sub-region to assess the business environment in the region with a view to illuminating the opportunities and challenges of small enterprises. Data was collected through surveys involving local communities, business community, business associations, ex-prisoners, district commercial officers and credit institutions. The analysis of findings that this report presents is divided into two broad sections. The findings that relate to the general participants in micro and small businesses constitute the first part of the report. The second section presents the analysis of data generated from ex-prisoners, who were fewer than the other participants. (more…)
From 1986 to 2006, northern Uganda lived through the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency and became an epicentre of violent conflict and subsequent criminal activities. While Uganda is currently viewed as a safe, secure and politically stable country with improved infrastructure, and while progress has been made towards peace recovery and development, there is, nonetheless, widespread concern about a wide range of criminal activities that permeate the region. This report presents findings of a field research study on victim-offender relationships that was conducted between September and November 2016 in the northern districts of Lira and Kitgum in Lango and Acholi sub-regions respectively. The study focused on understanding how existing justice models impact on community cohesion, with respect to relationships between ex-prisoners and their former victims, as well as the goals, meanings and outcomes of individual reconciliation processes. (more…)
This survey aimed at exploring and analysing the factors affecting community perception and receptiveness of ex-inmates in order to inform the effective implementation of the project. The survey specifically focused on: the social and economic developments, opportunities and risks in the community with special regard to reintegrating ex-inmates into the community; the structures of current activities and programmes in support of youth and ex-inmates; the social factors affecting ex-inmates in the reintegration process; the regulatory environment and legal impact assessment with regard to the employability and reintegration of ex-inmates; access to relevant vital information to ex-inmates and the impact of the information on their performance; community acceptance of ex-inmates and who the key players are in that effort at community level; and the perception and reaction of the community towards the criminal justice system and prison in particular. (more…)
The goal of this qualitative study has been to establish and understand the major challenges that ex-prisoners in northern Uganda face on their release from prison. As reintegration into the community is a key element of an ex-prisoner’s successful transition out of prison, this study focused specifically on the challenges that ex-prisoners face as they attempt to re-join their communities. As incidents of mob action increase (Uganda Police, 2013: 3) research is necessary to ensure the safety and livelihoods of ex-prisoners. A secondary focus of this study was to observe how entrepreneurship training for ex-prisoners might assist with reintegration. The following report summarises the findings of this study, including qualitative evidence, theoretical context from pre-existing research in the areas of rehabilitation and reintegration, as well as preliminary recommendations for future interventions and research. (more…)