Darlington Akabwai

Darlington Akabwai

Darlington Akabwai retired from the Feinstein International Center in 2023. While at the Center, he conducted research and wass responsible for research operations for projects in Uganda and South Sudan, with an emphasis on Karamoja. He worked closely with governments and local communities to ensure that research projects were carried out effectively and respectfully. Darlington worked on community-based programs with pastoralist communities in Africa for more than 25 years and provided critical expertise on indigenous knowledge and culture. His training as a veterinarian and his reputation as a peacemaker afforded him great respect throughout the region. Officials within the African Union’s Conflict Management Unit consider him to be one of the most respected and successful peacemakers in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan, and they regularly called on his expertise.

Prior to joining Feinstein, Darlington pioneered community-based approaches to livestock care in East Africa and was instrumental in establishing programs that controlled rinderpest in Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya. With the African Union, Darlington developed one of the cornerstones of its work: pastoral conflict resolution and management, including working with local women to bring peace to the area with “Women’s Peace Crusades.”

He holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Nairobi.


News Items

Pastoralism journal publishes series about Karamoja Resilience Support Unit
November 24, 2021

In November 2021, Pastoralism released with a special section of articles coming out of the Karamoja Resilience Support Unit’s 2019 conference “Pathways to Resilience in the Karamoja Cluster.” It includes…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Apolou: Understanding the poor’s interactions with market systems and international programming

Feinstein’s work as part of the Apolou project seeks to understand the impacts over time of a shift to an increasingly cash-based economy on different wealth, livelihood, and demographic groups.

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Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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Feinstein Publications

Five years on: Livelihood advances, innovations, and continuing challenges in Karamoja, Uganda
karamoja development programming

This fifth year report examines key areas of change in Karamoja over the past five years to inform development programming decisions.

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A Better Balance: Revitalized Pastoral Livelihoods in Karamoja, Uganda
revitalized pastoral livelihoods

This report reviews the state of animal-based livelihoods in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda and examines how animal ownership affects a household’s ability to weather shocks.

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