SAFE conducts monthly conflict assessments that provide insight into conflict patterns and trends in Uganda. The Program’s initial source of information to orientate its early strategy lies in two documents:
the Initial countrywide conflict assessment, which is a detailed narrative document which gives an overview of Uganda’s conflict background and current situation per region, including the main triggers and trends and; the baseline assessment report which captures quantitative and qualitative information in twenty districts.
Information gathered through monthly conflict assessments will constantly inform the Program of its new strategic geographic and programmatic direction.
The conflict assessments serve as a diagnostic tool to:
- Analyze conflict trends and implement interventions to mitigate its effects;
- Serve as a resource for civil society and government to support the design and
implementation of their conflict mitigation programs; and
- Strengthen Ugandan systems for conflict monitoring, prevention and transformation
Type of information sought
The conflict assessment system helps the SAFE Program to collect data on:
The violent conflicts and incidents. In addition, the data-collection system will focus on medium or large-scale conflicts involving at least 5 people (this number will be evaluated towards the end of the pilot period and adapted as will be determined during the final revision of the system);
- Their drivers and triggers;
- The actors and their interests;
- Any current or planned response by government, SAFE or other CSOs;
- The consequences and casualties; and
- The risks of escalation, de-escalation and stalemate
SAFE uses the conflict information above to explore possible programmatic response.