Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
Comparative Study of Ex-Combatant Reintegration in the African Great Lakes Region
July 02, 2014
A Comparative Study of Ex-Combatant Reintegration in the African Great Lakes Region

With two years of endeavors from 2012 to 2014, the TDRP is launching on July 2 its biggest study of the year— a comparative study exploring dynamics and results of reintegrating ex-combatants in five different countries (Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, RoC, and Burundi) of the Great Lakes region (GLR). This study uses a cross-country comparative approach capitalizing on survey data collected between 2010 and 2012 from nearly 10,000 ex-combatants and community members across the GLR. This is the first time that such a large sample of data on ex-combatants across multiple countries has been systematically compared and analyzed, thus the study represents the cutting edge of empirically driven quantitative research on the reintegration processes of ex-combatants. 

Raw GLR Country Sample Contributions

An important component of the analysis of ex-combatant reintegration processes revolves around their position relative to the broader community. As such, this study compares the reintegration processes of ex-combatants with those of community members and therefore, explores in turn the ways in which these two types of reintegration processes interact with each other.

This study presents a snapshot of the social and economic dimensions of the overall reintegration process of ex-combatants and community members. However, the conceptual discussion and analysis of empirical evidence consolidates key knowledge and understanding about the broad trends of ex-combatants’ reintegration processes across the GLR. Further, the findings no doubt carry weight for understanding ex-combatants’ reintegration processes in contexts beyond the GLR.

The English version of the study is scheduled to be published online on July 2, with a French version of its main body to follow in late July.







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