Our Publications

Since 2014 the KRSU has produced a wide range of publications on Karamoja. Our publications include detailed research and assessment reports, short evidence briefs and policy briefs, training materials and reports for the Pastoralism and Policy Course, and inventories of donor and NGO activity in Karamoja. Papers from the regional conference in 2019 Pathways to Resilience are also available.

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Drought Risk Management in Karamoja: A Review of Functionality and Capacity

July 2021
By: Edward Okori, Raphael Lotira, Yacob Aklilu

In the history of Karamoja, drought has been one of the most important types of disaster, with major impacts on livelihoods. For livestock-owning households, drought can push both wealthy and poorer households into destitution, and the recovery of herds, their main form of financial capital, takes many years. Drought also has serious impacts on crop production and can decimate harvests. In the case of livestock interventions, there have been notable developments in effective drought response in many countries in the wider East Africa region, including novel partnerships between government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector to provide early and more cost-effective programming.

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Alcohol Consumption, Production and Sale in Karamoja

March 2021
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

Alcohol consumption in Karamoja, Uganda’s pastoralist-dominated northeastern region, is a well-known and frequently discussed phenomenon in the policy and practice space. Brews made locally of sorghum and maize have sociocultural, nutritional and economic significance. Brewing also serves as a relatively stable and lucrative economic activity for women, in addition to featuring prominently in the adult diet. However, an emerging trend in alcohol use that has become a cause for concern among health officials, development practitioners and, especially, community members themselves is the rise in consumption of hard spirits. The import and production of homemade crude liquor and commercial gin (waragi) into Karamoja is said to have increased dramatically in recent years. Reportedly, its consumption has had visible effects on household economy, interpersonal relationships, and the health and wellbeing of the communities.

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Gender, youth and development in Karamoja: Issues and opportunities

February 2021
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

Livelihood systems in the Karamoja sub-region of northeastern Uganda have undergone substantial changes in the past two decades due to a number of interlinked processes, including disarmament and improved security, the erosion of pastoral-based production for many households, and the expansion of markets. These transformations have brought new social and economic options for many young people at the same time that existing ecological, cultural and political constraints shape the ways in which these opportunities can be realized. This briefing paper presents evidence from data collected by Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University under the Apolou Activity on development opportunities and challenges facing young men and women in the region.

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Livestock in Karamoja, Uganda- The Economic Value of Agropastoral and Pastoral Systems

November 2020
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

Across the East Africa region livestock are an important asset for rural households, and livestock products contribute to human nutrition, and to local, national and regional economies. However, in some countries there has been a longstanding issue of under-investment in the livestock sector, and this problem has been associated with official underestimates of livestock’s contribution to national economies.

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Rapid Assessment of COVID-19 impacts in Karamoja, Uganda

September 2020
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

This technical report describes the impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda, based on field assessments in Amudat, Moroto and Abim Districts. The COVID-19 prevention guidelines that prompted total lockdown measures included market closure and travel restrictions which in turn affected the essential economic activities of many households, especially the poor. These restrictions were implemented in March 2020 and were still in place in August 2020.

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RAPID ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 IMPACTS IN KARAMOJA, UGANDA

August 2020

This technical report describes the impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda, based on field assessments in Amudat, Moroto and Abim Districts. The COVID-19 prevention guidelines that prompted total lockdown measures included market closure and travel restrictions which in turn affected the essential economic activities of many households, especially the poor.

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The Productivity and Economic Value of Livestock in Karamoja Sub-Region, Uganda

July 2019
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

Across the East Africa region livestock are an important asset for rural households, and livestock products contribute to human nutrition, and to local, national and regional economies. However, in some countries there has been a longstanding issue of under-investment in the livestock sector, and this problem has been associated with official underestimates of livestock’s contribution to national economies.

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Pastoralism in Uganda Theory, Practice, and Policy

June 2019
By: Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

This textbook is a general reference on pastoralism theory, practice, and policy. It enables students and other readers from various professional backgrounds to understand how pastoralism functions as a system, its contributions to local, national, regional, and global economies and sustainable environmental management, and its role in promoting peace and harmony between pastoral and other communities.

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Using Creative Research Methodologies to Understand Adolescent Nutrition Realities in Kenya and Uganda

May 2019
By: Theresa Jones

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Key Barriers and Enablers of Consumption of Animal Source Foods by Women in Four Districts of Southern Karamoja

May 2019
By: Gudrun Stallkamp

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Appreciative Enquiry to Traditional Land Administration in Karamoja, Uganda: An Opportunity for Transformative Conflict Management

May 2019
By: Lena Godfrey Lodwang

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Energy Economics, Climate Change and Renewables in East African Drylands

May 2019
By: Immo Eulenberger