Summary: Tradition in Transition: Customary Authority in Karamoja, Uganda

This document is a summary of Tradition in Transition: Customary Authority in Karamoja, Uganda.

That 40 page report, funded by Irish Aid Kampala, examines the evolution of customary authority among four population groups: the Jie, Dodoth, Matheniko, and Tepeth. In addition, the report details the perceptions of male elders, male youth and women regarding the status of customary institutions within their community. The study also investigates the interaction between official and customary systems and offers recommendations for national and international actors working in the Karamoja region. Overall, the study finds that customary mechanisms have been slow to adapt to the changes in the region and have seen decreased influence over the day-to-day legal, economic, diplomatic and ritual affairs of local communities.