Bigombe Selected Into Global Network Of Peace Mediators

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Sweden has included former Ugandan Minister, Betty Bigombe into the Global Network of Women Peace negotiators. Sweden says she has a wealth of experience in peace negotiations.

The Swedish government has included former Ugandan Minister, Betty Bigombe into the Global Network of Women Peace negotiators.

According to the Swedish ambassador to Uganda, Urban Anderson, the team that is yet to be initiated will assist in the global peace process upon request.
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According to Anderson, Bigombe comes with expertise in negotiating in difficult and challenging experiences and a wealth of leadership in post-conflict northern Uganda.

The focus in women is because research has shown that women have contributed a lot in the conclusion of peace talks. 

Anderson revealed this during the celebration of women's role in peace and security at St. Monica Girls' tailoring school in Gulu on Tuesday.

Betty Bigombe is the senior Director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence at the World Bank. 

She was until June 2014 the junior Minister for Water and Woman Member of Parliament for Amuru district. She was a key person who negotiated the peace agreement between the government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army.

The Swedish government will now partner with some international organizations to establish the network. Anderson could not tell Uganda Radio Network which other women leaders are to be included in the network of women peace negotiators.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.