By Jackie Nalubwama
Charles Drici is NUSAF’s District Technical Officer
in Nakapiripirit District. He tells The Weekly Observer
NUSAF’s achievements in Nakapiripirit.
How old is NUSAF in Nakapiripirit?
It delayed slightly by one year, so we are 3 years old compared
to other Northern districts.
What has it done in 3 years?
It has funded 150 Projects at a cost of about Shs. 3.2 billion.
We have 3 components in which the Projects are divided:
Community Development Initiatives (CDI), Vulnerable Groups
Support (VGS) and Community Reconciliation and Conflict
|Nakapiripirit district technical
officer behind his desk
In CDI, we have Projects that provide infrastructure to
the community. Projects such as: boreholes, classrooms,
community roads and cattle dips. VGS on the other hand is
further divided into sectors: income generating, vocational
training, family support and lastly time and labour saving.
And CRCM consists of such Projects as: support to community
reconciliation initiatives, support to community dialogue
and support to traditional institutions.
How does NUSAF arrive at Projects?
We sensitise the community on what is available and what
we can finance, so that the community comes up with ideas
that increase its income.
We simply expose the people to opportunities and then
they come up with their own ideas; ideas that will improve
their livelihoods. We have community facilitators that the
community selects as people they trust to help them come
up with viable Projects.
But they [facilitators] are not NUSAF staff. In fact it
is the community that pays the facilitators after NUSAF
has given it money for the Project. After that different
groups arise from the community with viable proposals for
Projects and we fund them.
How has NUSAF tackled insecurity in Nakapiripirit?
We have not done a lot yet because we use Community Reconciliation
and Conflict Management (CRCM) through which we use dialogue
but you can find that it is not sustainable. This is because
they [the locals] clash after we have conducted peace dialogues.
Peace can last for about 6 months and then when the weather
gets hot and dry, they fight again.
The raids have become commercialised [though] a few are
traditional. With commercialised raids, cattle are raided
for sale, so it’s harder to convict them because they
don’t have the cattle by the time they are charged.
They have become businessmen. But traditionally after the
raid, cattle would be kept by the clan either for marriage
And these clans would negotiate with each other the return
of such cattle lest [the attacked clan] also counter attacked.
Peace would then last for at least 10 years. But commercialised
raids are unpredictable.
For those who we persuaded to stop raiding, [or] the gun-drop-outs,
we have aided them by providing alternative income generating
activities; such as cereal banking.
How can NUSAF be more effective in its peace strategy?
The CRCM approach should be changed because it is working
under the assumption that it is the community that is supposed
to come up with the demand for peace but it can’t
I was thinking that we should change the approach and use
a multi-sectored and multi-community demand for peace. This
would involve government institutions, NGOs, together with
the community, to draw a consolidated strategy. Then sustainability
of peace will be assured, since everybody is involved. The
plan for peace would be cross-cutting.