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Addressing the perceived needs of internally displaced persons in
Gulu District, Uganda.
 

A report of research facilitated by World Vision Uganda and the Center for International Emergency, Disaster and Refugee Studies at the
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

14 SEPTEMBER 2000

Stuart Katwikirize(1), James Odong(1), Wiliam Weiss(2), Paul Bolton(2)

(1) World Vision, Kampala, Uganda
(2) Center for Refugee and Disaster Response

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
LINKING COMPLEX EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND TRANSITION INITIATIVE

This document has several purposes.  First, it serves as a report on the participatory action research facilitated by WV Uganda and JHU to address top priority needs of IDPs living in a camp in Gulu District, Uganda and the district at large affected by the conflict.  Second, this report serves as a data resource for the IDPs living in the camp, for WV Uganda and for JHU: top priority needs and actions to address these needs are reported, but so is a wide range of aspects of settlement life related to health and well-being (shelter, food security, health services, settlement organizations and decision makers, etc.). The real value of these data will become apparent as the IDPs, WV and other partners use them to inform future programs affecting the quality of life of the IDPs.

This research had three main objectives:

  • To understand refugee/IDP priorities, challenges and aspirations.  This information is used to decide what priority problem(s) to address and how.
  • To learn who are the significant persons and organizations among the refugee/IDPs (and external to them) who have the greatest stake in addressing refugee priorities. This information is used to decide who should work on the priority problem(s).
  • To facilitate participatory planning, problem solving and taking action with refugees/IDPs.  This process is used as a basis to reinforce or build capacity of refugees/IDPs to carry out organized problem solving activities using existing resources.

Rationale for the study:

After several years of humanitarian assistance and development efforts, the rationale for attempting this research was to identify gaps in these efforts by assessing current priority needs of the displaced populations of Gulu District.  Information about priority needs can help WV redirect its efforts where needed and serve as a part of qualitative evaluation of past efforts, by identifying continuing issues needing attention where none were expected.

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