Kisembo Tom Balemesa
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  • Research officer- ACODE.
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Tom Balemesa has over 8 years experience from social organizations in Uganda. He has particular background in training, research, evaluation, teaching, consultancy and peace building. After graduating from Makerere University with a B.A in Education in 2000 he taught up to 2009. From 2005 he was involved in research, project planning, evaluation and consulting with non profit organizations like Plan International, serving as a research assistant and consultant during the Mid-term review, and the house hold survey. He volunteered with the Commonwealth Foundation and Single Parents Association in 2007. In 2008 he was involved by World Vision International in training staff on the MSTC tool. Tom conducted independent seminal investigations on Oil and land in Uganda for his M.A thesis. He was involved in researching and training with AFIEGO to promote energy security and sustainable development through policy research and advocacy. Tom graduated with an M.A in Peace and Conflict studies from Makerere University in 2010. In early 2010 Tom was selected as the first junior fellow at the Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), South Africa. At ACCORD, he developed a peace and development foundation to assist in linking peace to development in Uganda.Recently in Uganda with EAIGCM trained journalists on Peace journalism. Tom is an active member of the peace and collaborative development network ( is currently a research officer at ACODE and a managing partner at Peace and Development Consult
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individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Africa and particularly East Africa.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Research officer- ACODE.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
What is one of your favorite websites in the field?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
French, German, Swahili
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Development, Diplomacy, DDR, Education, Environment, Gender, Human Rights, Internally Displaced, Humanitarian Relief, Land Issues, Natural Resources, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Refugees
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Information Technology, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training, Intervention
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Land transactions and compensations in Uganda
Natural Resource based conflicts(Oil exploration and land issues in Uganda)
The link between climate change,peace and development in Uganda.
The conflict sensitive approaches to development for volunteers in post conflict areas.
Basic practices of Peace building for individuals and groups.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
A Community Economic Development (CED) Training Guide for Peace Corps Volunteers.
A New Beginning: The Child Health Manual.
An NGO Training Guide for Volunteers.

Kisembo Tom Balemesa's Blog

Uganda can get to the Conflict Sensitive Business Practices on Oil

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 2:23pm 0 Comments

With research and advocacy work on the extractive industry I realized the concept of conflict sensitive business practices (CSBP) was one of the aspects shown with the most recent parliamentary debate on Oil. No matter how the country feels patriotic, clean or near to clean business practices are essential. According to International Alert’s publication; Conflict sensitive business practices: Guidance for extractive industries (2005) components of the CSBP include security, social…


An analysis of the USIP event:Assessing progress toward democracy in Francophone Africa.

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 6:47pm 0 Comments

Panelists were the four presidents of Benin, Guinea, Niger and Cote d'Ivore. The panelists bios were rich in scholary,experience and accomplishments. One could be challenged to think twice before becoming a west African president may be or perhaps analysing how the panelists carry out…


The link between Conflict and Development

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 12:01pm 2 Comments

Unlike the past State of the World Population Reports, the 2010 addressed ‘From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of change’

The blogger is not intending to…


Could Uganda be heading to the promised land in relation to Oil and Gas developments ?

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 6:31am 0 Comments

Am so grateful for the efforts my country is realising in relation to the Oil and Gas developments,most recently;The Petroleum bill.As i read through the local daily,The NewVision dated 15th July, my consciousness was raised.Uganda has the opportunity to be in top 50 oil producing countries in the world,top 10 in Africa and Tullow highly hopes to float shares on the stock market.This implying local people have the chance to increase wealth,ownership and possession of the…


Amazing research carried out in Uganda about Oil exploration and development

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:30am 0 Comments

As a scholar inspired by the net work i engaged in a ground breaking research about oil and associated developments in Uganda that i did successfully to attain my M.A in Peace Studies from Makerere University.It was challenging but with some links of resources from the network in form of Universities everything was good.At least alot of plans in terms of research in this area has taken root as NGO's have picked interest.…


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At 12:35pm on July 11, 2010, MIKE WILLIAMS said…
Hello Tom,how is Uganda progressing in her oil productivity?W e wish your country the best.Oil is one the most valuable products God would ever give a country.Believe me, your country is blessed.
At 5:44pm on April 14, 2010, Janel B. Galvanek said…
Hi Kisembo,

It's great to make contact with you. Your work sounds very interesting. It's interesting that you are at ACCORD, I published an article last fall in Conflict Trends. Small world, I guess! My current project has sadly nothing to do with Africa at all, but rather Afghanistan. But I hope to start something soon on Liberia..... Hey, there is a chance that my husband and I will be coming to the World Cup at the beginning of July. If that happens, I would love to have the opportunity to visit ACCORD.

Cheers, Janel
At 4:24pm on March 27, 2010, Agwang Sarah Jesca said…
hi Tom congs. I wil get back to you later.
bye. SARA
At 7:10pm on March 6, 2010, Esther Loma said…
Hello, how are u? glad have u as my friend.
At 10:52am on March 4, 2010, Deo Akiiki said…
Ok Bwana, wish you the best.
At 10:36am on March 4, 2010, Deo Akiiki said…
Good Tom, will be happy to link up. I'm currently doing a research for my desertation for the award of a Masters degree in Human rights and Local governance in Aromo and Ogur in Lira district. Will definately keep in torch.
At 8:56pm on March 3, 2010, Machrine Birungi said…
Thanks. Just completed en heading back to Ug. Hope to meet you then
At 7:19pm on March 3, 2010, Deo Akiiki said…
Need to link up on mail We canshare a lot.

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