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Lessons Learned Investigating the Well-being of Children Affected by Armed Conflict

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This chapter focuses on three contemporary conflicts, Gaza, Uganda and Afghanistan, to examine the psycho-social programs delivered in these regions to enhance the well-being of children affected by conflict. It explores the efforts undertaken to build a research base for evaluating this work. In 1998, donor funds were made available to train some 250 school-counsellors who were then to be given the task of providing counseling services to troubled children in primary and secondary schools throughout the Palestinian Territories. The chapter involves measuring the impact of programs designed to help formerly abducted child soldiers adjust to post-conflict life back in their communities, following their escape from the rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Finally, it highlights three lessons learned: the need for multidisciplinary approaches to research, the need for both quantitative and qualitative methods of research, and the need to understand local perspectives of well-being.

Keywords: armed conflict; Lord's Resistance Army (LRA); Palestinian territories; psycho-social programs



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