Invitation to Research Dissemination Seminar - Creating Social Cohesion for Harmonious Co-existence between Forced Migrants and Host Communities

You are cordially invited to participate in the dissemination seminar of a research project titled;“Building Bridges and Creating Social Cohesion for Harmonious Co-existence between Forced Migrants and Host Communities in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Yumbe District, and Kiryandongo IDP Settlement, in Kiryandongo District”. The research was supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF).

***Project team

1. Dr Samson Barigye – Principal Investigator

2. Dr Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo

3. Dr Veneranda Mbabazi

4. Mr. Umar Sserunjogi

***Registration for online participation

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***Project summary

The project was aimed at researching and exploring approaches and strategies for building bridges and creating social cohesion for harmonious coexistence between forced migrants (refugees and IDPs) and host communities, with a focus on Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District and Kiryandongo refugee and IDP resettlements in Kiryandongo district. This project was based on the fact that the relationship between forced migrants (refugees and internally displaced persons/IDPs) and hosting communities is not positive and constructive. By 2017, Uganda hosted the third largest number of refugees worldwide, with 1.4 million after Turkey and Pakistan with 3.5 million (UNHCR, 2017). The Ugandan government established settlements to settle refugees. For the case of internally displaced persons, the government resettles them to safe areas. By 2018, Government had resettled IDPs from Bududa district in Kiryandongo District after these were displaced by landslide. As a result, co-existence between forced migrants and host communities remains a challenge. The relationship between the forced migrants and the host communities are characterized by tensions and violent conflicts. It is against this background that this project was designed to propose how these two communities – forced migrants and hosting communities – can live in harmony and how they can resolve their conflicts.

Programme, policy brief and project summary attached below

Friday, June 4, 2021 - 11:30
Event Venue: 
CTF1, Lecture Room 1.2
Contact Information: 
Dr. Samson Barigye, Department of Religion and Peace Studies/ Email: Phone number: +256772749326