Elections are an important mechanism in democratic and
peace processes as they provide citizens with an opportunity to choose freely
their political leaders and allocate power peacefully. However, underlying
tensions in a society and high-stake competition can also result in violent and
fraudulous elections. Based on its mandate in peacebuilding, Women’s
International Peace Centre with support from Kingdom of Belgium are
implementing a 2yr project “Promoting Peaceful Electoral Processes in
Uganda through Constructive Engagements” in the districts of Kampala,
Lira, Soroti, Luweero and Rukungiri.
Inception meetings were held to introduce the Districts to the project. The project aims to reduce violence and conflict in the electoral processes by;
- Creating a platform for research
and knowledge generation and sharing on election-related conflict in
- Developing informed peace
training content, programmes and tools to strengthen peace building for
capacities for coordination and information systems management for
monitoring and tracking programme delivery.
The Centre will conduct research
on Election Violence in Arua, Soroti, Rukungiri and Kampala District, design
training materials, train
50 youth peer educators and 50 women peace advocates in trainers, hold Youth
dialogues & debates establishing of youth peace committees to mitigate
conflict during the electoral processes.