Northern Uganda Peace and Development Conference 2017: Assessing the past and re-inventing the future
In November 2017, Ngetha Media Association for Peace in partnership with Milestone African Institute and the Utopia Foundation organized a two day Northern Uganda Peace and Development Conference under the theme; “post-conflict recovery in northern Uganda, assessing the past and reinventing the future” with the Objective of assessing the extent to which post-conflict recovery has contributed to development in Northern Uganda so as to develop alternative approaches that can be explored by different stakeholders in enhancing negotiation and dialogue as superior tools of peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management for purposes of creating an enabling investments environment and also assessing the role that can be played by several stakeholders in making socio-economic development in a post-conflict era a reality with core focus on the youth. The conference was organized broadly to put youth at the center of peacebuilding and negotiations and to develop alternative development policies, programs, and initiatives that can be explored by the government, international development agencies, local government councils, NGOs, and civil society organizations among others. At least 1000 participants from northern Uganda and other parts of the country and other countries in the East African community participated. The conference was further meant to act as a medium to develop model approaches to responding to post-conflict recovery. Speakers were drawn from the academia, cultural institutions, religious leaders, civil society, government, among others and the outcome of the conference and the papers were published in a booklet and soon will be shared with various development institutions for purposes of future use and reference.