LEARNING ON GENDER & CONFLICT IN AFRICA

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The Learning on Gender and Conflict in Africa Program (LOGiCA) is a multi-donor initiative that aims to contribute to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting gender-sensitive activities related to insecurity and violence in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries.

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Measuring Women's Psychosocial well-being in the LRA-affected area - April 2014
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Effective measurement tools are crucial to understanding the ways in which conflict affects psychosocial well-being differently by men and women across different social and cultural contexts. Such tools are important to inform program design, monitoring and evaluation in conflict-affected areas.

LOGiCA has been working on developing locally tailored, culturally appropriate methods of measuring psychosocial well-being in areas of Northern Uganda and Eastern DRC affected by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) conflict. Research was undertaken to examine local understandings of empowerment, psychosocial wellbeing, self-esteem and social connectedness for conflict-affected women. While there are numerous existing measures of mental health, these have often not been validated in areas affected by conflict and may not address specific issues of concern to individual communities. These tools provide up to date, customized approaches to ensure valid and reliable measurements of psychosocial well-being for use by practionners in Uganda's Acholi sub-region and Oriental Province, Eastern DRC. Follow this link to access related working papers and to download the tools.

The process was presented at the 2013 Regional Psychosocial Forum in Kenya, the presentation can be accessed here.

ICGLR Members States trained on innovative SGBV prevention campaign to engage men and boys in the Great Lakes Region - March 2014
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ICGLR member states gathered in Bujumbura March 25 – 27, 2014 to participate in training on the 'Are You Man Enough to Stop SGBV?' campaign. LOGiCA has supported the development of ICGLR SGBV regional communications tools to drive forward the implementation of the 'Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children'.

The 'Are You Man Enough?' Campaign, developed by LOGiCA partner Man Up, aims to promote SGBV prevention in the Great Lakes Region through the adoption of a harmonized regional media message across ICGLR Member States. The initiative targets men and boys as key actors, calling upon them to challenge traditional notions of masculinity and promote positive manhood to address SGBV. The campaign, based upon global good practice and piloting in the region, is designed as a call to action – aiming to turn young men into 'trend-setters' among their peers in advocating for gender equality and non-violence. The campaign is rolled out over a 12 month period, beginning with dialogue and sensitization at the community level progressing to national expansion of the message and culminating in the 'Man of the Year' competition launched simultaneously across ICGLR Member States.

The training conducted by Man Up equipped ICGLR Member State participants with the tools and knowledge to roll-out the campaign under the leadership and coordination of the ICGLR Secretariat. A Dissemination Manual available in French and English provides practical guidance on the roll-out of the Campaign. The initiative forms an integral part of the ICGLR's SGBV Regional Communications Campaign going forward.

The 'Are You Man Enough to Stop SGBV?' Dissemination Manual will shortly be available to download in French and English here.

Community and development actors trained on specialized techniques for trauma counseling in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo - Feb 2014
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Between May 2013 and February 2014 LOGiCA partnered with international NGO VIVO to strengthen local capacity on specific approaches for trauma counseling in conflict-affected settings. Vivo's clinical experts conducted training sessions in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for SGBV service providers and related actors including community-based organizations, NGOs, UN partners and the military hospital.

The specialized technique: 'Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Narrative Exposure Therapy for Violent Offenders (FORNET)' consists of short-term, culturally appropriate approaches for trauma-focused psychotherapies in post-conflict contexts. The approach focuses on both therapy and client's rights using tools from different therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, testimony therapy and client-centered psychotherapy. Training was conducted across Dungu, Bukavu and Goma, consisting of an intensive 2-week course and subsequent refresher sessions. Following each of the training courses, participants were evaluated and found to be able to reliably identify those in need of treatment and to deliver therapy to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, formerly abducted persons and former combatants suffering from mental trauma or heightened levels of aggression.

The promising results emerging from this cutting-edge work are now being incorporated into large-scale programs to address Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Great Lakes Region.

ICGLR Launches SGBV Regional Training Facility - Kampala, Uganda - Feb 2014
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On February 18th 2014 the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) launched the 'Regional Training Facility on the Fight against Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Great Lakes Region' in Kampala, Uganda. The Facility aims to train and sensitize judicial officers, police units, social workers, medical officers and other categories of persons who handle cases of sexual violence in the Great Lakes Region to effectively perform their duties.

LOGiCA has worked with the ICGLR Secretariat since 2011, providing support for the implementation of the 'Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children' - established under the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes. In this context, LOGiCA has provided expert inputs for a feasibility study to establish a Regional Training Facility. The study contributed to the consideration of the Facility by Heads of State during the ICGLR Heads of State Fourth Ordinary Summit and Special Session on Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Kampala 2011. The concept was adopted as a key decision of the meeting and reflected in the Kampala Declaration following the Summit. The Regional Training Facility was subsequently validated by the ICGLR inter-ministerial committee in 2013 and launched earlier this year with offices being housed in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Uganda.

The Facility will provide a common framework and curricula for the delivery of high quality SGBV training in the region to promote standardized approaches and knowledge sharing across the Great Lakes Region. LOGiCA continues to provide technical assistance for the development of a 3-year strategy and expert inputs for the development of training tools. Read More

Latest Publications
 
Engaging Male Youth in Karamoja, Uganda Engaging Male Youth in Karamoja, Uganda
An examination of the factors driving the perpetration of violence and crime by young men in Karamoja and the applicability of a communications and relationships program to address related behavior

June 2014
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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Insights from Former CombatantsSexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Insights from Former Combatants
Sept 2013
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