Dr. Walakira lectures at Makerere University in the School of Social Sciences. He holds a PhD from the University of Vienna in Social and Cultural Anthropology. He obtained a Masters degree in Development Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Children and Youth from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University. He lectures and researches mostly on issues of children and youth. He has offered advisory services to several international organisations and local NGOs in Africa working with Children and Youth particularly on themes linked to child rights, child protection, social protection, child labour, HIV and AIDS, youth empowerment, programming for children and youth, and upward policy analysis and advocacy. Dr. Walakira is currently serving as the Ag. Head of the Social Work and Social Administration Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, he is the Leader of the Children and Youth Program. He has been instrumental in promoting the professionalisation of child protection and child wellbeing efforts in Uganda and Africa in general through research, influencing national policy and developing child protection training curricullum. He has worked towards building solid partnerships between the academia and organisations working with children including government agencies in order to promote knowledge exhange, training of students, and influencing national policy and practice in favor of improved child wellbeing.
Evaluating the Effects of Community-Based Violence Prevention Intervention by War Child Holland in Post Conflict Northern Uganda
The poster presents an internationally awarded competitive two year study grant sponsored by Evaluation Challenge Fund and undertaken by Makerere University in collaboration with War Child Holland (WCH). The study aims at evaluating WCH’s Community-Based Child Protection approach on elimination of violence against children in Northern Uganda, an area that is recovering from a two decade civil war. This intervention can best be described as an interactive approach, engaging the community structures in the analysis of problems and gaps, promoting dialogue and development and implementation of action plans towards a long-term focus on the prevention of violence against children. The theory of change underpinning this approach is that community ownership is essential and knowledge of the complex causes and contributing factors to violence against children should be sought in communities, rather than in macro-social developments. The methodology has been applied by War Child Holland for three years in over 60 communities in Uganda and should now be evaluated. Doing pre- and post-intervention surveys and qualitative studies allows researchers to attribute change and understand the impact of the intervention, understand acceptability of the intervention and which parts have triggered change. With the baseline surveys so far completed, the poster presents the preliminary findings on the situation of violence against children and diagrammatically illustrates the model including the way findings feed into the work of NGOs and government. The findings provide learning lessons that should guide actors in the field of child protection and are useful for enriching the university curriculum on child protection.