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Call For Applications : Amani Research Fellowship Programme

Amani Research Fellowship Programme – Inaugural Cohort

November 2019 Gulu, Northern Uganda




Amani Institute Uganda, in collaboration with Advocates for Research in Development (ARiD), invites applications to its inaugural annual research fellowship programme for the year 2019. The Research Fellowship Programme (RFP) is a new annual multi-disciplinary interactive, intensive, inter-linked research mentorship programme conceptualised with a goal of nurturing a new generation of researchers in an African context. The Fellowship seeks to equip its participants with a range of practical, much-needed applied research skills and experience in a conflict, post-conflict and forced migration context.

The programme builds on over ten (10) years of practical research experience, including research teaching, research projects and conflict sensitivity programming, identified and documented by the two collaborating institutions i.e. Amani Institute Uganda (AIU) based in Gulu and the Advocates for Research in Development (ARiD) based in Pader.



Target groups

The Fellowship seeks to equip aspiring and practicing researchers, including undergraduate, masters and PhD students, with knowledge and skills on a range of practical and applied research methodologies and how to go about executing them, especially in fragile contexts- conflict, post-conflict and forced migration settings.

This unique multi-disciplinary research training programme is designed to accommodate early to mid-career researchers, graduate students, masters and PhD students,practitioners in various disciplines and scholars interested in learning new or emerging issues and applied skills in contemporary research.

For guidelines on how to submit your application, please download this document Call For Applications: Amani Research Fellowship Programme

Amani Institute Uganda welcomes UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Commercialization of Education

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Amani Institute Uganda would like to join other child friendly organisations in welcoming the recent resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva urging States to regulate and monitor private education providers and recognising the potential “wide-ranging impact of the commercialization of education on the enjoyment of the right to education”. The HRC is the leading global inter-governmental political body dealing with human rights. In the resolution adopted by consensus of its 47 members, the HRC has, for the first time, responded to the growing phenomenon of privatisation and commercialisation of education.

This phenomenon, and in particular the emergence of large-scale for-profit “low-cost” private school chains targeting poor families in developing countries, has received heightened attention from civil society organisations and UN expert bodies alike in recent months.

Camilla Croso, of the Global Campaign for Education, reacted: “the rapid, unregulated growth of private providers of education is already creating – and enabling – violations of the right to education, threatening to erase the last 50 years of progress in access to education. This resolution shows that States have realised that they must act now to regulate such providers – before it is too late.” Sylvain Aubry, of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  elaborated: “Our research has consistently shown that privatisation in education leads to socio-economic segregation and discrimination against the poorest children in schools, in violation of States’ obligations, as was recently recognised in the case of Chile. The resolution adopted today, crucially highlights the obligation to provide educational opportunities for all without discrimination.” The resolution demands that States “put in place a regulatory framework” that establishes minimum norms and standards for and “monitor private education providers”. Delphine Dorsi, of the Right to Education Project, commented: “This is a very welcome reminder of States’ obligations under international law to regulate private education providers, at a time when a growing number of education providers, in particular multinational education companies, are taking advantage of weak regulation in some countries to make profit to the detriment of parents and children’s rights”. The HRC resolution also calls on States to ensure that “education is consistent with human rights standards and principles”. Angelo Gavrielatos, of Education International, explained: “The evidence is quite clear.

The growing commercialisation and privatisation of education is undermining the right to quality education. Governments cannot be allowed to abrogate their obligation to provide quality public education for every child. As recognised in human rights treaties, education is a fundamental pillar for a dignified life and must be protected as such.” Crucially, the resolution confirms that “education is a public good”. According to Tanvir Muntasim, of ActionAid International, “this is the third time within a year, following the May 2014 UNESCO Muscat Agreement and the May 2015 Incheon Declaration, where States have described education as a public good. It is a striking response to the actors that have been trying to reduce education to a private commodity, rather than a universal right.” The HRC insists in the resolution on the “significant importance of public investment in education, to the maximum of available resources”. For Katie Malouf Bous, of Oxfam International, “Too many governments have neglected their duty to adequately finance education, leading to weakened public schools and increased privatization as the inevitable result. Serious and substantial investments to provide good quality public education must be the antidote to privatization.” Finally, the resolution asks States to “support research and awareness-raising activities to better understand the wide-ranging impact of the commercialization of education on the enjoyment of the right to education”.

Ian Macpherson, of the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative, stated: “We have been working with partners over the past few years to research the social justice implications of the growth of private actors in education, and we stand ready to collaborate with States to implement this resolution and increase and strengthen research and dialogue on this crucial issue.” “It is now time for all stakeholders to firmly take action to implement this resolution” concluded Tony Baker, of Results Educational Fund. “This particularly concerns States but also international institutions and donors, like the World Bank, that have been investing in for-profit, fee-charging private schools in recent years. These investments need to align with global and national efforts to achieve free, universal education for all to harness education’s power to break the cycle of poverty. Development actors, in addition to governments, must act in accordance with international human rights law.”

•   The resolution of the Human Rights Council can be found on: http://bit.ly/1IQEGAj
•   A summary of recent concluding observations from UN human rights bodies on privatisation in education: http://bit.ly/1QPZmlz
•   The last report of the report of the UN Special rapporteur on the right to education on the commercialisation of education: http://bit.ly/1CsI569

Amani Board Member Tracy Kyagulanyi wins the prestigious African Woman Magazine Woman of the Month Award

African Woman of the Month: Tracy Kyagulanyi

tracyIn December 2013, Child’s i Foundation’s Executive Director Tracy Kyagulanyi followed through on one of the most important decisions of her life: after twelve years of working  and building a life with her husband Roger Kyagulanyi and daughters Ella F Mirembe and Lizzy F Sanyu in the UK, she decided to move back home to fulfill a lifelong dream to work with and contribute to policy development that favors children in Uganda.Born thirty eight years ago in Uganda, Tracy’s love affair with children begun at a young age and only intensified when, during her university holidays in the late nineties, she got the chance to work with international organizations like World Food Programme and Norwegian Refugee Council in the Northern part of the country at the height of the Kony insurgency.

‘My first job was with the World Food Programme. We would go to displaced peoples’ camps and give food items to refugees. We also supported community initaitives such as ‘Food for Work’ to help communities construct roads and farm.  Everytime I was in the camp, I always felt like I wanted to take all the children home with me. Some of them were household heads robbed of their childhoods. It was very painful to leave them behind in those conditions. I really loved my job and promised myself I could do it better. And so it started like that-from that experience.’

Read More at: http://africanwomanmagazine.net/latest/african-woman-of-the-month-tracy-kyagulanyi/

Restorative justice now: Its time to end Incarceration of young offenders in our prisons

The death of a 19-year-old Brian OpioKau at theGuluCentral prison is a clarion call to the country to embrace restorative justice mechanisms as oppose to punitive confinement especially for young and petty offenders. Fellow inmates allegedly beat up Opio to death just three days after being remanded. His only crime was a colonial era petty offence of “rouge and vagabondism.”

According to the deceased mother Agnes Apio police on a night patrol within Gulu town arrested her son on his way to a nightclub. He was subsequently charged and remanded into Gulu Central prison. A fellow inmate narrated that Opio was beaten badly by fellow inmates for touching a door he was not supposed to touch. Now whereas the Gulu prison authorities were quick to dispute the cause of death as a result of beating, evidence suggests that such beating are indeed a very common practice in our detention facilities and in particular against young offenders. According to Ogweng, a former inmate at Gulu Central Prison and Lugore interviewed by Amani Institute Uganda, “inside the jail is a law of the jungle and when you survive once, you are more than ready to go back and pay…” The point here is that we should protect our young one who comes in conflict with the law from hardened criminals. Our justice system must endeavor to correct offenders and restore them into law abiding and productive citizens, not end their life or turn them into habitual and harden criminals. By exposing young petty offenders to mentorship by hard-core criminals, our current justice system does the reverse. Amani Institute Uganda seeks to protect rights and promote access to justice for vulnerable and at risks population, catalyse social change and harness local resources for peace, justice, climate adaption and resilience, civic awareness, juvenile rehabilitation, legal aid, information sharing, leadership development and capacity building.

MPs Want Youth Unemployment Addressed

uganda_parliamentMembers of Parliament want government to take serious steps to address the youth unemployment. The MPs say that the current interventions do not match up to the high level of youth unemployment.

The MP for Mbale Municipality, Jack Wamai Wamanga warns that youth unemployment is a time bomb ready to explode if not addressed. The MPs who acknowledged the interventions like the Youth Livelihood Program, YLP said there is need for government to inject more funds into such projects if majority of the youth are to benefit.

Hon. Annet Nyakecho, the Woman MP for Otuke, said that the rural youth have been left out because the available funds are insufficient. She also called on those in charge of the YLP to put emphasis on training youth on viable income generating activities. While the MP representing People with Disabilities in Eastern Uganda, Hellen Asamo called for affirmative action for Youth with Disabilities while selecting beneficiaries of the YLP and the students loan scheme.

The Woman MP for Ngora, Jacqueline Amongin challenged her colleagues to promote attitude change among the youth towards work. And Buyaga County MP, Barnabas Tinkasimire asked government to prepare young people to take on leadership. He challenged leaders who have over stayed in power to step down and give young people opportunities to take leadership of the country.

The MPs were reacting to the statement made by the youth MP for Central Region, Hon. Patrick Nakabale in commemoration of the International Youth Day that was celebrated yesterday in Katakwi district under the theme, “We are the Investment choices we make: Youth matter”. In his statement made on the floor of parliament, Hon. Nakabale asked the government to expedite the passing of the National Youth Policy by cabinet, approving the National Action Plan for Youth Employment and approve the National Action plan for youth.

The Shadow minister for Youth, Atiku Bernard said that the government is doing the youth injustice by not passing the policy. He further queried the criteria the government is using to export labour and yet there is no action plan on youth employment.

The Minister for Youth, Evelyn Anite in her submission gave an assurance that all the pending youth policies will be passed before the end of the year. She further informed the MPs that the Ministry of Gender is slated to present a proposal to increase funding for the National Youth Council and to amend the council’s statute to extend their term in office. She implored the MPs to support the proposals saying those changes are aimed at enhancing the performance of the National Youth Council.

The Minister for Defense, Crispus Kiyonga advised MPs to give messages of hope to youth to avoid youth from engaging in negative activities like drug and alcohol abuse, and violence. The minister said that the MPs should tell the youth that unemployment is a structural problem which needs specific programs and time to resolve. He noted that while the government has deliberate efforts to transform the youth, it is the responsibility of every MP to ensure that youth issues are addressed.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah who extended debate on the statement from the stipulated 15 minutes according to the Parliament’s rules of procedure to close to an hour, acknowledged the importance of addressing youth issues.

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