Rights of Children in Conflict An Evaluation of Japanese Official Development Assistance in Acholiland, Northern Uganda

"As part of Japan’s efforts to strengthen dialogue with African countries in preparation for the Fourth Tokyo Inter-national Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), the Japanese embassy in Addis Ababa mandated the office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the same city to conduct an evaluation of one of TICAD IV’s core areas of ensuring human security, which includes achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs) and consolidating peace. The assessment aimed at reviewing the achievements of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the Consolidation of Peace and Security component in Africa since the inception of TICAD in 1993. Overall, the evaluation aimed to achieve the following objectives: Provide feedback to the government of Japan and partner countries’governments on the status of Japanese ODA polices in peace and security for Africa, Demonstrate the degree of efficiency in management of ODA peace and security policies in Africa while extracting lessons learnt in order to ensure that Japan’s ODA policies and those of partner countries are aligned on peace and security issues in future cooperation arrangements, Create awareness of Japanese ODA peace and security policies in Africa and, by so doing, enhance support from the Japanese public."