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

Sophie Komujuni (UGent) and Karen Büscher (UGent)
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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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Political Science and International Relations, Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, History, Anthropology, Customary authority, Uganda, humanitarian aid, development brokers, Africa, TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY, PUBLIC AUTHORITY, INSTITUTIONS, CONFLICT

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Komujuni, Sophie, and Karen Büscher. “In Search of Chiefly Authority in ‘post-Aid’ Acholiland : Transformations of Customary Authorities in Northern Uganda.” JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES, vol. 14, no. 1, 2020, pp. 103–24, doi:10.1080/17531055.2019.1711312.
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Komujuni, S., & Büscher, K. (2020). In search of chiefly authority in “post-aid” Acholiland : transformations of customary authorities in northern Uganda. JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES, 14(1), 103–124. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2019.1711312
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Komujuni, Sophie, and Karen Büscher. 2020. “In Search of Chiefly Authority in ‘post-Aid’ Acholiland : Transformations of Customary Authorities in Northern Uganda.” JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES 14 (1): 103–24. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2019.1711312.
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Komujuni, Sophie, and Karen Büscher. 2020. “In Search of Chiefly Authority in ‘post-Aid’ Acholiland : Transformations of Customary Authorities in Northern Uganda.” JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES 14 (1): 103–124. doi:10.1080/17531055.2019.1711312.
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Komujuni S, Büscher K. In search of chiefly authority in “post-aid” Acholiland : transformations of customary authorities in northern Uganda. JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES. 2020;14(1):103–24.
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S. Komujuni and K. Büscher, “In search of chiefly authority in ‘post-aid’ Acholiland : transformations of customary authorities in northern Uganda,” JOURNAL OF EASTERN AFRICAN STUDIES, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 103–124, 2020.
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  keywords     = {Political Science and International Relations,Cultural Studies,Sociology and Political Science,History,Anthropology,Customary authority,Uganda,humanitarian aid,development brokers,Africa,TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY,PUBLIC AUTHORITY,INSTITUTIONS,CONFLICT},
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  title        = {In search of chiefly authority in ‘post-aid’ Acholiland : transformations of customary authorities in northern Uganda},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2019.1711312},
  volume       = {14},
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