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This report is based on a survey of adult residents in four administrative Acholi districts in northern Uganda: Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, and Pader.[1] The survey was designed to evaluate the needs, views and priorities of northern Ugandans during this period of transition to peace and security. The specific objectives were to:

  • Identify and measure changes in overall priorities, exposure to violence, and sense of security among the population of northern Uganda;
  • Capture attitudes about peace and plans for social reconstruction and recovery, including access to services, resettlement plans and the resolution of disputes emerging from the transition;
  • Capture attitudes and opinions about specific transitional justice mechanisms and, more generally, access to justice; and
  • Evaluate reconstruction interventions implemented to date.



[1] Since 2005 and the first northern Uganda survey conducted by the authors, districts have evolved. The original district of Gulu was divided into the districts of Amuru and Gulu. In July 2009, Lamwo district was carved out of Kitgum district. For the present survey, Gulu and Amuru were treated as separate strata. The more recent division of Lamwo and Kitgum districts was not taken into account in order to reflect the 2007 survey design. Both districts are considered as one stratum – the former district of Kitgum. Since the completion of the survey, Amuru district is now split into Amuru and Nwoya districts and Pader into Pader and Agago districts.