Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
Cross Border Stabilization and Recovery (CBSR) in LRA-Affected Countries

Pilot Initiative on the Empowerment of Socio-economic Associations in LRA affected countries DRC, CAR and Uganda

Background: The pilot initiative includes three pilot projects providing support to LRA affected areas in DRC, CAR and Uganda. International leaders and organizations including the African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union (AU), European Union, United States and the World Bank have called for enhanced efforts across LRA affected areas. In March 2012, U.S. and E.U. representatives met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC to discuss appropriate and necessary interventions in LRA affected areas. In May 2012, the AU requested that the World Bank provide assistance for efforts to stabilize and rehabilitate LRA affected areas. Following this request, the World Bank’s Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP) developed the Cross-border Stabilization and Recovery Program (CBSR). The pilot program is, therefore, a component of the CBSR. It covers LRA affected areas in DRC (Province Orientale), CAR (Haut Mbomou Province), and Uganda (Pader, Gulu and Kitgum districts).

TDRP’s peace-building activities have a particular focus on research, learning and innovation. To this end, this regional pilot initiative in the LRA-affected area is expected to contribute to operational knowledge on good practices to promote associations in post-conflict situations as both a social and economic reintegration tool for possible replication. The regional pilot projects provided an opportunity for practitioners from the region, particularly implementing partners, to come together for practitioners’ workshops and share their experiences on their respective implementations in each country as well as facilitate cross-learning from other projects and regions. Through a significant research component, the proposed initiative served to build on this emerging body of knowledge on the assumptions of such community-driven programs, related gender dynamics as well as the effectiveness of specific models to support female and youth micro-entrepreneurs.

Description: The program objective is to provide support to people affected by LRA including vulnerable groups through the empowerment of local associations and cooperatives (including youth and women associations). The pilot’s specific objectives were (i) to promote sustainable livelihoods amongst conflict-affected community members by strengthening social and economic associations, and (ii) to strengthen social cohesion by providing psychosocial support to people in need.

The main target areas are all areas heavily affected by LRA including the province Orientale in the DRC, the Haut Mbomou Province in CAR, Arua, Gulu and Kitgum provinces in Uganda.

Expected outcomes are: (i) increased access to improved livelihood opportunities of economic association members; (ii) increased income of association members supported; (iii) enhanced social participation of association members; and (iv) improved social cohesion in targeted areas.

This regional program is piloting the application of a holistic and community participatory approach, through empowering social and economic association in LRA-affected areas through the following activities: (i) delivery of ‘mobile’ training sessions including provision of (in-kind) start-up capital at training completion, (ii) follow-up advisory services and technical support, and (iii) psychosocial support.  While it is a regional program the country context are considered and specific interventions were tailored to respond to individual country needs.

Implementing Partners: Triodos Facet in Uganda, Caritas in the DRC, and Jupedec in CAR as well as the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) as the M&E partner.

Regional Assessment in LRA Affected Countries

The African Union in consultation with international partners including the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) requested that the World Bank and AfDB conduct an assessment of the stabilization, rehabilitation and recovery needs in the areas affected by LRA activities. This assessment was aligned with the UN Regional Strategy for international humanitarian, development and peace building assistance in the LRA affected areas was endorsed by the UN Security Council in July 2012.

The assessment took place in two stages: 1) a preliminary assessment to harmonize views on the thematic and geographical coverage of the assessment as well as on the structure and contents of the end product to satisfy the need for strategic, programmatic and funding advice, and 2) a detailed assessment to complement the collection of information and analytical work initiated in the pre-assessment. The fieldwork for the preliminary assessment of recovery needs in DRC was conducted in November 2012 in Dungu (North of Oriental Province) and the preliminary assessment report and a preliminary Transitional Results Framework were drafted.

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