African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187

Full Length Research Paper

The cultural factor in conflict management/resolution: A case study of the Acholi of Northern Uganda

Catherine Jendia
  • Catherine Jendia
  • Department of Religion and Peace Studies, School of Liberal and Performing Arts, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 17 December 2018
  •  Accepted: 08 February 2019
  •  Published: 28 February 2019


The research was purposed to explore the role of positive practices in culture(s) that support the resolution and management of conflicts. The government’s militaristic options achieved no meaningful results. Lack of peace eluded the 2006 Juba Peace negotiations. This necessitated exploration of alternative approaches to conflict resolution and peace building. The main thrust of this study was the exploration of culture-based approach to conflict resolution in war ravaged northern Uganda. The qualitative research methodology was employed in combination with desktop method. Related literature was reviewed including books, journal articles to explore, discover, identify and understand selected culture-based methods for resolving disputes in communities. Data was collected in conflict affected areas of Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, and Pader in northern Uganda. Major finding of the study reveals that the Acholi culture is rich in traditional knowledge, positive cultural practices and skills of conflict resolution and promotes peaceful coexistence among local communities. The research concludes that opportunities exist in culture as demonstrated by the case study of the Acholi people. The study makes three recommendations.


Key words: Culture, tradition, conflict resolution, purification, cleansing, reintegration Northern Uganda.