In order for rights, justice and development policies to succeed, states need to enjoy conditions of durable peace. States and communities emerging from prolonged armed conflict such as Uganda, and northern Uganda remains fragile to relapse to war within five to ten years unless concerted efforts are made to address structural causes of conflicts and deal with legacies of past violence. The UN has recognized the need to end conflict to achieve development, and has included a specific Sustainable Development Goal on ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ (SDG 16). This goal, and the text justifying it, asserts links between justice, conflict and development. AIU seeks to develop new insights and approaches for preventing conflict, and for building stable and resilient societies with experience from northern Uganda. At AIU, we believe that peace is not the mere absence of violence, but a condition of justice and equity for all.
Peace therefore cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding and shared development, which is equitable. This calls for strategic interventions by all inter-related actors across all levels in order to address the root causes of violence, deal with legacies of past violence, and establish conditions necessary for durable peace. Amani works with partners and key stakeholders to build and sustain local capacities for peace through advancing justice and empowerment by inter-alia engaging in conflict analysis, early warnings and capacity building activities and initiatives to promote post-conflict justice, social rehabilitation, reconciliation, accountability, and rule of law initiatives.