Conflict/Insecurity prevention by combating the root causes
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Uganda Peace Foundation combines poverty eradication and peace building efforts for realization of sustainable peace in Uganda and the entire world.This strategy can be replicated in other countries in a similar situation.This strategy is referred to by Prof.Dave Ulrich as Big,Hairy,Audacious, Goal(BHAG).
Tell us about yourself/your team.
I am an entrepreneur right from my school days.While I was studying my Ordinary Level I traded in sugar,salt and soap to supplement on the families income.Later I taught but also established a boutique.In 1977 I joined the Uganda Army(UA) and shortly a war broke out between the 2nd Republic of Uganda and the Tanzania People's Defence Forces with the Uganda National Liberation Army.We were defeated and most of our officers and men were imprisoned,went in exile and others started armed rebellion.As for me because of my entrepreneurship spirit I started business of buying human medicine from pharmacys and selling them to private clinics.I was able to pay school fees for my sisters.When I retired from the National Resistance Army I established Uganda Peace Foundation.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
I am independent,creative,courageous,patient and believe in incessant learning. I think out of the box and venture out into the unknown,into the unfamiliar territory,into the uncomfortable zones and the uncharted waters.
When I started Uganda Peace Foundation I was offered jobs by the Jinja District Service Commission and the Government of Uganda,also my sisters in Sweden invited me to go and work there;I declined all these opportunities though I was living on a shoe string budget and at times just having hot water for a meal,failing to pay tuition for my children and paying house rent.One time one of my sons told me that I love Uganda than them.They are part of the Uganda that I love.I know what Uganda Peace Foundation means for Uganda and mankind in general.
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Primary country where this project is creating social impact
Uganda, KMP, Kampala
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Can be replicated in other countries in a similar situation.
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The Need: What social or environmental problem are you trying to solve?
The most pressing challenge of the globe is conflicts coupled with terrorism.Most of the solutions are military approaches and other solutions are about conflict resolution and reconciliation,and post conflict rehabilitation.We need to tackle this problem by addressing the root causes of conflicts/insecurity.Close your eyes for ten minutes and examine the adverse effects of conflicts/insecurity.Women and girls have been raped,gun barrels have been forcefully inserted in their vaginas,they have been sold into sex slavery by warlords,great loss of human life,destruction of the infrastructure,depletion of natural resources,loss of economic opportunities,great injuries to fighting forces and civilians,and countries which were known to be economically strong have become weak economies after war
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
Uganda Peace Foundation,an organization that I established when I retired from the National Resistance Army(NRA) now Uganda People's Defense Forces(UPDF) in 1994 having first joined the Uganda Army(UA) in 1977 is an upshot of a research that I undertook on the root causes of conflicts/insecurity.The research findings revealed poverty coupled with unemployment and other social ills to be major causes of conflicts/insecurity.Since it's now acknowledged globally that these are the root causes of conflicts/insecurity it becomes imperative to develop strategies of inhibiting conflicts/insecurity by tackling poverty coupled with unemployment and other social ills.We spend less in preventing conflicts/insecurity than controlling them once they have occurred.And the best strategy is when you combine poverty eradication with peace building efforts.So in Uganda Peace Foundation we have developed these strategy that will prevent conflicts in Uganda and the entire world.Can be replicated elsewhere
The Solution: Why is this solution innovative for your company and industry?
This solution is innovative in our company and industry because it's the first that is addressing prevention of conflicts by combating the root causes and combines poverty eradication with peace building efforts.And applies both a top down and bottom up strategy with great participation of the masses.Today we see advocates of this approach such as the United States Institute for Peace,Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict and the CICS, University of Bradford.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities.
This model of combining poverty eradication and peace building efforts makes a difference in preventing conflicts/insecurity as the poor people and the unemployed who are the raw material for armed conflicts/insecurity will be economically empowered by development programmes that we have initiated.These programmes include entrepreneurship training and having got skills to manage businesses we provide them with affordable micro finance capital.While we are doing this we also provide them with peace education.Another programme that will absorb the poor and the University graduates is the Village Earth Model which is intended to empower one million people in ten years.Other projects are for Human rights,Education,Environment,Hiv/Aids,Democracy and Good Governance,etc.Visit Uganda Peace Foundation website: https://sites.google.com/site/peacefoundationorgug.
Also visit the International Conference website for more on this model: http://regonline.activeeurope.com/internationalconferenceonpeacesecurity
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
Our peers include the United Nations agencies,Center for International Cooperation on Security(CICS) of the University of Bradford,University of Peace at Costa Rica,The Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflicts(GPPAC),A number of Universities including Makerere University,Kampala(Uganda),The African Union(AU),The East African Community(EAC),Inter Governmental organizations,Non Governmental Organizations,The Micro finance Summit Campaign, Inter Parliamentary Union,etc.This solution that have been crafted by Uganda Peace Foundation is new of its kind and once the stakeholders I have mentioned get together in the International Conference that we are organizing and they own the solution we shall fly beyond the sky.
Challenges from governments and other micro finance org.
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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
I retired from the National Resistance Army(NRA) at a time of great political activities in our country and I had initially wanted to participate in the politics of Jinja District but somehow because of my military career with the Uganda ArmyI began receiving information on armed conflicts/insecurity in Uganda,this coupled with my military experience I started to do research on the root causes of conflicts/insecurity.After three years of research that led me to travel to the neighboring countries of Uganda in 1997 I concluded that poverty coupled with unemployment and other social ills were major causes of conflicts/insecurity.I abandoned the idea of joining politics and in 1998 I conceived the idea of starting Uganda Peace Foundation,as an organization to promote global peace/security by addressing the root causes.I started on the task of convincing the elite to join me and we form the Board of Trustees of the foundation.In September 1999 we registered this organization.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Stakeholders now including governments,local population, intergovernmental organizations,civil society organizations,the academia and the United Nations believe in addressing the root causes of conflicts/insecurity and some are advocating for our approach to conflict prevention.Peter Van Tuijl,Executive Director of Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts(GPPAC) says that, "The old state-centric,military-focused take on security falls short in addressing complex challenges,like transnational terrorist networks and the social inequalities conducive to conflict.We need a more holistic approach,carried out by different stakeholders,bases not only on national security considerations but on what it is that individuals and communities need in order to feel safe".
Local I have carried out sensitization on peace,trained people on entrepreneurship and the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) in 42 districts of all regions of Uganda to a number of seven thousand people.
What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?
Our projected impact over the next 1-3 years will be great as this is the time that real economic benefits will be realized by the disadvantaged in Uganda as the Microfinance program and the Village Earth Model that was developed to empower one million people in a period of ten years will have been launched in the Karamoja Region of Uganda and will be rolled out in other regions of Uganda.We shall also market this idea in the neighboring countries that have also been entangled in armed conflicts.
Activities on Hiv/Aids prevention,care and support services,human rights,democracy and good governance,environment,education ,etc will all be implemented.Details of all activities that Uganda Peace Foundation will execute in the next years can be found out at our website.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Preparation for any development programme is essential for its success and I have invested in Uganda Peace Foundation fifteen years in terms of intellectual effort,time and money.The greatest barrier to the success of Uganda Peace Foundation is funding.I have done prospect research and donor relations that is why now having been in military trenches I am able to know funding opportunities like this one. We just need whole hearted cooperation of all stakeholders including funders for this idea to fly and be meaningful to the world.Though I was living on a shoe string budget at times taking hot water,unable to have fuel for cooking and lighting as well as paying school fees for my children and rent for accommodation I declined jobs and other opportunities.I knew what this idea meant.
What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?
Uganda Peace Foundation is a membership based organization and is people oriented and most of the projects that we have carried out was out of membership fees.So far we have seven thousand members in 42 districts of all regions in Uganda organized in groups of twenties and we have now created a membership platform were people can become members from all over the world including Ugandans in the diaspora.The membership website is:
VALUE for the Foundation is SOCIAL CAPITAL
How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?
To support this initiative as I have alluded to is membership and then I have no other activity that I have time for other than Uganda Peace Foundation.That is why I declined job opportunities in the Uganda Government and Sweden so that I have time to develop Uganda Peace Foundation.I am married to the foundation.Many organizations fail because the authors fail to give 150 percent of their time and commitment to the organizations. One of the values of Uganda Peace Foundation is incessant learning and therefore explored all opportunities on the internet for knowledge generation.I believe in intellectual capital,social capital,reputational capital and emotional capital.That is the power of intangible assets.
Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.
Other than funding that will be generated from membership fees,we shall also raise operational funding from the micro finance programme,workshops/conferences,magazines,membership identity cards,t.shirts,etc.We shall also develop relationships with donors and other stakeholders.
Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.
Yes,I am developing partnerships with the United Nations agencies,World Micro credit Summit Campaign,Intergovernmental Organizations,Civil Society Organizations,the Academia and Professional organizations that provide experts in different fields such as leadership,management,funding,membership mobilization,etc.
What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?
Ugandans are very enthusiastic about the idea that is why we got that big membership.Of course we had challenges especially from people who believe in the traditional military take on security.And also micro finance players who are threatened with our friendly micro finance programme.And powerful people who didn't understand the concept of combining poverty eradication with peace building efforts.Those opposed to the National Resistance Movement Government,want peace after