Mercy Corps has just released an assessment report looking at the relationship between economic development and conflict in the Acholiland region of Uganda. Find the full report here:


While the links between poverty and conflict are widely recognized, economic development interventions and peacebuilding interventions are often implemented separately. This results in missed opportunities to harness economic development to promote peace and to open the doors to development by reducing violence. To address this gap, Mercy Corps conducted a combined conflict and market assessment looking at the relationship between economic development and conflict in the Acholiland region of Uganda.


The assessment found that a number of economic factors drive land disputes, including limited economic opportunity and the failure of investors to engage with communities in a manner that is transparent and respectful of local values. Land disputes in turn discourage private sector investment and inhibit the productivity of small-scale farms. In line with the World Bank’s 2011 World Development Report on conflict, security, and development, the report recommends a two-pronged approach that simultaneously addresses land conflict and fosters market development through private sector investment.

Tags: Acholi, Acholiland, Uganda, assessment, conflict, conflict analysis, conflict assessment, economic development, land, market assessment, More…market development

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Thanks for sharing the report. I will read and share it widely. I know that currently there are a number of institutions geared up to conducting research in Acholiland focusing in land disputes. Sharing this report will enable other stakeholders and development partners identify areas where there is need for more research other than undertaking the same study. thanks again


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Dear Jenny,

Thank you very much for coming out with the issue of Acholi land disputes especially in the district of Amuru where it is said by some Acholi from different district that Amuru land belong to Acholi people i really confuse about this because i know Acholi as a tribe they are not migrated from Amuru district but from Sudan. Some politicians went to Amuru using their position to grab land and sell it to the investors. And yet the population of Amuru also wants to benefit from this who is going to get the money and who is not going to get?. I'm a master holder in Peace and conflict resolution and an Acholi by tribe coming from Amuru district where people are fighting for land which doesn't belong  to them. Am really interested in this research and willing to participate in it.

Thank you,

Sr Hellen Lamunu,


Project Co ordinator,

Center for disadvantaged children Gulu.


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