A research team from the AfriChild Centre has concluded a study visit to three districts in northern Uganda in preparation for an upcoming impact study on child protection interventions in Kitgum district.
Led by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Firminus Mugumya, the AfriChild research team met child protection stakeholders in Gulu, Pader and Kitgum to introduce the study to different actors and identify a comparator district.
The team met Anena Jessica, Probation Officer – Gulu, Michael Ogweng, Senior Probation and Welfare Officer – Kitgum, Oyera Jane Rose Okello, Vice Chairperson, Matidi Sub county – Kitgum, David Okech, Probation and Social Welfare Officer – Pader and Festo Okidi District Community Development Officer – Pader.
Other members of the AfriChild research team were Clare Bangirana, the Program Manager Research, Isaac Kimbugwe the Project Statistician and Maria Ndibalekera a Research Assistant on the project.
Following a number of meetings with stakeholders, Pader district was selected as the comparator.
“We selected Pader because it has similar characteristics to Kitgum and will give us good comparisons,’ said Clare Bangirana.
AfriChild will conduct a study to assess the impact and sustainability of the community based child protection model implemented by ChildFund International under the Empowering Communities to Protect Children project in Kitgum.
The overall objective of the impact evaluation is to generate evidence on the impact of interventions which are effective in prevention of violence against children, so as to inform policy and programming for children.
The study was commissioned by the Evaluation Fund, Global Partnership to End Violence and the Africa Partnership to End Violence Against Children.