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In search of chiefly authority in ‘post-aid’ Acholiland : transformations of customary authorities in northern Uganda

Authors
  • Komujuni, Sophie
  • Büscher, Karen
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Language
English
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Abstract

This paper investigates the complex relation between protracted donor interventions and the production of customary authority. More specifically, the paper analyses the impact of post-conflict donor interventions (and their withdrawal) on the position of customary chiefs in the Acholi region in northern Uganda. As important brokers between international aid agencies, the Ugandan government and Acholi communities, customary chiefs became key actors in post-conflict peacebuilding programmes. Using the concepts of extraversion and development brokerage, the paper demonstrates how dwindling access to external donor funds has strongly affected Acholi customary authority. To secure their authority and legitimacy, customary chiefs re-shifted from an 'outward' to an 'inward' orientation, a process that we call 'introversion'

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