Kick off training for water conflicts analysis in Uganda

Although inter-country disagreements over water have seldom led to violence, increasing water scarcity has the potential to drive local conflicts.


Within the EU-funded Initiative for Peacebuilding, adelphi developed the „Water, Crisis and Climate Change Assessment Framework (WACCAF)“. It helps researchers and experts who work in the field of development cooperation to identify and analyse the conflict potential of local water distribution disputed and enables them to find solutions for preventing and resolving such conflicts.

At the beginning of October adelphi arranged a training to test the WACCAF with twelve students of the masters programme "Peace and Conflict Studies" at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. During the first two days participants learned the conceptual groundwork of conflict sensitive research – theoretically and through case studies. Afterward, a 3-day-excursion to Kasese, a region in western Uganda, helped them to put the lessons learned into practice in a local conflict over an irrigation canal. This combination of theory and practice, as well as the interactive approach of the training, was exceptionally well received.