Training and skill building
Examples of training activities include a joint program with Minority Rights Group under EU funding to work with selected minority groups around the country (IK, Basongora, Batwa). Within northern Uganda, CECORE has worked with different stakeholders particularly in peace education, peacebuilding and reconciliation activities. We have also worked with women leaders and groups with a special focus on UNSCR 1325. For World Vision International (Uganda), CECORE trained primary school teachers from pilot schools in Gulu and Kitgum in peace education.
CECORE was at the center of the peace agreement between the Uganda National Rescue Front (UNRFII) and the Ugandan Government, where it played a role in helping the two parties negotiate a peaceful agreement that still holds to date.
CECORE was called upon by the World Bank to bring together stakeholders of the then controversial Bujagali Dam project, where facilitated dialogue helped cool tempers, especially of the parties that were against the dam construction.
We have also worked closely with the Rwodi (Ker Kwaro) through a USAID-supported program of “Community Resilience and Dialogue” up to the time of the Juba talks where CECORE participated in the Women’s Peace Coalition with a focus on skills building for the teams and stakeholders in the talks. We lead the women’s mission that delivered the UNIFEM Women’s peace torch to Juba where it still lies, awaiting the final signing of the peace agreement.
CECORE has executed a project in post-conflict West Nile region, in partnership with GOPA consultants from Germany, with support through GTZ that looked at peacebuilding and food security in the refugee-hosting sub counties of Arua and Yumbe districts. In addition to peacebuilding and formation of community peace committees, communities (locals and refugees) were provided with farm implements and seeds, food stores, and hybrid goats.
CECORE is time and again invited to either intervene in various situations or to give skills in understanding conflict and thus enabling parties to prevent, manage or transform conflicts.
In order to appropriately address conflict issues, CECORE carries out research and analysis in selected areas and utilizes this to design appropriate actions. Intervention activities thus become tailor-made for specific groups.
Advocacy and campaigning
Campaigns that CECORE has championed and advocated for have included the Stop the Killing initiative in the Great Lakes Region (work with Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s team), the Debt Campaign in Uganda, End Violence Against Women, and others regarding antipersonnel landmines and small arms.
Through networking locally and internationally CECORE has kept a strong networking links with various organizations and networks in an effort to increase strength for joint actions especially advocacy on selected issues. This includes national, regional and international networks. Among these are governmental institutions and structures that are vital for pushing for relevant policy changes.
Where we work
We work all around either through projects we initiate or upon invitation. We have worked in the regions of Kasese, West Nile, Northern Uganda, Teso, and Karamoja, to mention but a few.