• Mathew Amollo Makerere University
  • John Bosco Apota Makerere University
  • Clare Ahadwe Bangirana
  • Tom Musika
  • Timothy Opobo Makerere University
Keywords: violence against children, community-driven, participatory learning and action, parenting


Community-based action research is increasingly gaining traction in development work, partly because of its benefits in contextualizing societal problems and “handing over the stick” to the communities; that is, researchers listen, question, and learn as the experts (the community members) identify their problems and define the change they desire. This research approach, therefore, empowers communities and is a shift from traditional research where the researcher presupposes that deductions about a phenomenon are to be made outside the natural environment. This research paper documents the use of participatory learning and action approaches in designing, implementing, and monitoring interventions to prevent violence against children in post-conflict northern Uganda, a region that suffered through the Lord’s Resistance insurgency from 1987 to 2006.


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Author Biographies

Mathew Amollo, Makerere University

Research Manager, The AfriChild Centre

John Bosco Apota, Makerere University

Community development worker, The AfriChild Centre

Clare Ahadwe Bangirana

Director for Research and Knowledge Development, The AfriChild Centre

Tom Musika

Program Manager, Lango Child & Community Development Federation

Timothy Opobo, Makerere University

Executive Director, The AfriChild Centre


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