Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
TDRP UPDATE
February 2013
 
    Regional Activities

Empowerment of Socio-Economic Associations & Cooperatives

Photo source Caritas: Training in tailoring and dress making in Dungu
Photo source Caritas:
Training in tailoring and dress making in Dungu

In January, the implementing partner officially introduced the women economic association (WEA) pilot project to communities in Northern Uganda, conducted a needs assessment of each selected group and commenced with the training of the 100 selected WEAs.

Implementing partners Caritas and Jupedec continued providing training activities to the associations in DRC and CAR during the month of January. Out of the 50 associations in DRC 38 already existed and 12 were newly created. 30 associations are working in agriculture, fisheries and livestock, while 20 are engaged in small scale-business, such as bakery, hairdresser or tailoring. The total number of beneficiaries is 1017 of which 30% are women, 32% men, 21% youth and 17% other vulnerable groups. The latter comprises of physically disabled, girl-mothers as head of household and widows without resources or support. Caritas identified a total of 43 trauma cases in need of psycho-social support.

In CAR, 44% of the association members are women and 56% are men. Most associations (54%) are engaged in agricultural work, followed by livestock (10%), commerce (9%) and tailoring (6%). Identification of trauma cases is ongoing. So far, Jupedec has identified 286 traumatized girls, 417 women and 397 men in need of psychosocial support. 60% of all cases are children and youth.

The M&E firm ILPI/MDF is in the process of consolidating data collected in DRC and CAR for the baseline survey and is expected to submit the report shortly.

LOGiCA/FQEI Family Study

FQEI continues to assist LOGiCA with the execution of an in-depth study examining family dynamics during the process of ex-combatant reintegration in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.  The overall study proposes to investigate: (i) the impact of departure, absence and return of ex-combatants on their families, with a particular focus on spouses, and (ii) the role of the family in the social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants.  Following the launch of the pilot phase of the study in December, 2012, the research teams and lead anthropologists convened for a multi-workshop in Kampala in January, 2013.  The purpose of the workshop was to discuss initial findings, address challenges encountered and amend the methodology as needed.  Individual country teams have subsequently initiated fieldwork for the full study, receiving support from the respective DDR Commissions for the selection of targeted ex-combatants and their families. Field research is progressing well.  Targeted families have been identified in all three countries, although field teams have encountered difficulty tracing female ex-combatants and their relatives due to anonymity constraints.  Discussions about how to resolve this issue are ongoing.  Field work is anticipated to extend through April with final country reports available in May 2013.

Technical Assistance

CARBurundi

The team, in close collaboration with the Government of Burundi is processing Additional Financing.  The proposed additional activities would support the GoB to: (i) provide lodging for severely disabled ex-combatants, (ii) develop community participatory approach for physical rehabilitation for disabled ex-combatants, and  (iii) continue providing transitional economic and social reintegration activities with a focus on reconciliation and conflict resolution at the local level, specifically addressing the potential for violence and intimidation in communities through a conflict mitigation initiative.

Cote d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire

In January, the TDRP team continued its technical assistance to ADDR in Côte d’Ivoire. The mission started its work on January 21, 2013. Mission objectives are to continue technical assistance to ADDR in finalizing the required DDR documents and coordination mechanism and to assist with PAPC additional financing document. The team has advanced together with ADDR in further elaborating the DDR strategic program document, communication strategy and coordination mechanism

 

CARDemocratic Republic of Congo

In mid-January negotiations were re-launched in Kampala and some progress was made. The document "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo" sponsored by the UN was approved on February 24th.

A first shipment with equipment and materials for the pilot farms reach Kisangani from Kinshasa.  Bunia focal point of UEPNDDR is already in Kisangani to take care of trucks and equipment. Following our advises of January, UEPNDDR made another shipment from South Africa to Mombasa.

CARITAS team was in Kampala from February 11-14, 2013 to participate to the “Workshop on Empowering Socio-Economic Associations in Conflict Affected Areas.”

New Publications

Report

14th TDRP Quarterly Report
October/December 2012 - (PDF 1.55MB)

14th TDRP Quarterly Report - October/December 2012 The TDRP started technical assistance to ADDR and PAPC in Côte d'Ivoire and further preparation for the SSDDRC Pilot Reintegration Project in the Republic of South Sudan. Several studies were launched during this quarter including a Regional Assessment in LRA Affected Countries; a Pilot Study on the Empowerment of Socio-economic Association and Cooperatives; and a Family Study with LOGiCA.

Technical Assistance

ROCRepublic of South Sudan

In January the TDRP provided technical assistance to the SSDDRC on 1) the pilot reintegration project and 2) the ICRS and overall IT infrastructure. On the pilot reintegration project, the team solicited additional input and edits to the design and issued an initial request for EOIs. Meanwhile, the TDRP IT consultant continues to provide guidance on the IT inputs required for the pilot and develop the ICRS database and software so it is ready for registration and transition facility use.

  DDR Operations

CAR Rwanda
2nd Emergency Demobilization
and Reintegration Program

TTL: Pia Peeters
Financing: $8m IDA, $2 m Gov. of
Rwanda,
$4.5 m MDTF
flags, $4.5 m tdrp logo

Demobilization and reintegration activities continue to be implemented. In early February the registration process for the 8th cycle of training has started, and vocational and apprenticeship training for the most vulnerable ex-combatants or their spouses is expected to start by the end of February for four to six months.

Musanze Child Soldier Center

Upcoming Events

11-12 Feb. : “Regional strategy to fight against the LRA” Meeting, Entebbe (Uganda).

11-13 Feb.: Practitioners Workshop on Empowering Socio-Economic Association in Conflict Affected Areas - Kampala (Uganda.)

14-16 Feb.: "The Missing Peace - Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings", A Global Symposium Bringing Together Scholars, Policymakers and Practitioners.

04-05 March: "Use of New Information and Communication Technology to Consolidate Peace-building in Africa".

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