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A Lost Generation: Young People and Conflict in Africa


The success of this research owes much to the hard work and dedication of young people from Angola, Burundi and Uganda under the leadership of Joao Gil Handanga, Marie Josée Kandaga, and Kevin Aciro respectively. These people worked tirelessly as they combined practical work with action research in the internally displaced person’s camps in Uganda, and rural communities in Burundi and Angola. They collected data, analyzed and prepared case study reports amidst their own personal commitments, donor reporting responsibilities and tight reporting deadlines. The team leaders coordinated fieldwork and maintained contacts with the local administration and civil society groups to popularize the study and feedback on research findings. As a result, two high level local government representatives (one former Member of Parliament) and two women Members of Parliaments from Burundi and Uganda attended the March Seminar to add their views to discussions that shaped this book.

We are particularly grateful for considerable financial support provided by CIDA’s Canada Fund for Africa through Defence for Children International (DCI) Canada, without which much of the fieldwork, research and the consultative seminar could not have taken place. Representatives of DCI contributed ideas during the first group analysis in August 2006 in Nairobi. DCI and a representative of CIDA were present in the March 2007 consultative seminar. We give special thanks to Linda Dale who conceived the idea and birthed this project. We are grateful to CIDA and DCI-Canada for their steadfast support and effectiveness in advancing funds in a timely manner throughout the research period. This publication is produced by ACORD Nairobi as an inter-agency project sponsored by DCI-Canada and funded by the Canada Fund for Africa at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Special thanks also go to Dr Asha El-Karib, ACORD Program Development Advisor in Charge of Methodology for training the project teams in Social Exclusion Analysis framework and to Judy El-Bushra for Oral Testimony training and the editing of the case studies from Burundi and Uganda. We also thank Shereen Essof for the final editing which she did within tight time frames. Very special thanks are due to the staff of ACORD Secretariat Nairobi for the great teamwork in organizing the research analysis meeting in August 2006 and the March 2007 consultative seminar. The Head of Programming at ACORD kept a keen interest in maintaining


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