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Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Reintegration of Reporters in Uganda
aim of this special project is to assist approximately 15,300 ex-combatants
in their reintegration into civilian life, within the context of Uganda's
Amnesty Act of 2000. This figure currently includes about 8,000 backlog
ex-combatants. The main target group of this project is the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA). Other target groups are ex-members of the Allied Democratic
Forces (ADF), People's Redemption Army, West Nile Bank Front (WNBF), FOBA/NOM,
Uganda National Democratic Alliance Front (UDA/F) and the Uganda National
Freedom Movement/Army (UNFM(A).
The project consists of five components:
1. Sensitization and dialogue: Sensitization will target the public and
political leadership, and the messages will focus on conflict resolution
through reconciliation. Dialogue will be promoted with the aim of securing
peace and stability, and take place between government and potential ex-combatants;
between ex-combatants and the community; and amongst ex-combatants themselves.
2. Demobilization and processing of Amnesty Applications: This component
includes disarmament and decommissioning of weapons (not financially supported
by MDRP); identification, screening and documentation of ex-combatants;
issuance of certificate of amnesty; and - in some cases - repatriation.
3. Reinsertion (resettlement) support: The ex-combatants report to reception
centers, where the formal procedures for applying for amnesty takes place,
and which also undertake activities such as assessing the psycho-social
and health status of the ex-combatants, and providing counseling and referral
services. The ex-combatants that have been registered and granted amnesty
will receive their documentation and cash assistance. The ex-combatants
are provided with initial in-kind and cash assistance.
4. Longer-term social and economic reintegration: Social integration activities
include extension work with families, religious meetings, and community-welcoming
gatherings. Income generating projects and skills development programs
will be initiated by the Amnesty Commission in conjunction with partners,
and a referral system will be developed that can ensure that ex-combatants
are linked to relevant economic and educational opportunities.
5. Institutional strengthening of Amnesty Commission: This component includes
the recruitment and training of staff, installment of financial management
system, and procurement of equipment.
Grant Agreement for the MDRP funding of the project has been signed in
August 2004 and operational activities are to start in December 2004.
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