The influence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on poverty in Uganda:

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study on the “Influence of the Lord’s Resistance Army on Poverty in Northern Uganda”, was carried out in Baa with specific aims of; examining the cause of war; finding out the impact of war on high poverty level and providing possible solution to war driven poverty. A review of related literature was carried out on existing information on the specific variables to comprehend the problem, enrich and supplement the study findings. The literature however does not reflect how exactly war leads to poverty. The study relied on an exploratory research design where both qualitative and quantitative aspects were observed through use of questionnaires and interviews administered on a sample of 50 respondents. Data analysis will be carried out through sketchy and generalized summaries and presented in pie-charts and bar graphs. The study established that, wars in Baa were arose from land wrangles, a conflicting history of the area, class war, disruptive party politics, ethnic differences and poor dispute resolution mechanism. The impact of war on high levels of poverty was established as; destroyed infrastructure and absence of access to social services; displacement and homelessness of people; violation of human rights and psychological upsets leading to hopelessness; death and migration of social capital in addition to underdevelopment. Efforts undertaken to curb poverty by government and actors included; exploiting opportunities to prevent against conflicts; creating opportunities for sustainable peace; empowering and capacitating communities; rebuilding the institutional set up and social capital. The study also concluded that, war impoverishes people by destroying and weakening community structures both human and capital living little for a society’s survival. Thus study recommends; need for political reconstruction; restoration of the rule of law; building the capacities of the community; restore social capital and human resources; need for collective identification of problems; building individual capacities; institutional capacities should develop the existing ones; need for community transformation and considering capacity building as a long term formidable task.
A Research Report Submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Management of Kampala International University
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Poverty, Uganda, Batta sub- county, Dokolo district