Eric Awich Ochen

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Dr.
First Name: 
Eric Awich
Surname: 
Ochen
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Lecturer
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Arts Building
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eaochen@chuss.mak.ac.ug
About Me

Eric Awich Ochen completed his doctoral studies at the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies in the School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield in November, 2011, graduating in July 2012. His PhD explores the narratives of young women’s experiences of the conflict and reintegration process in Northern Uganda. Eric graduated with an M.Sc. in Development and Project Planning (with Distinction) from the University of Bradford in 2002 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, from Makerere University in Uganda (1999). Eric currently lectures at the Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Eric has previously worked with Save the Children Denmark, World Vision, and Gulu Support the Children Organization and Community Development Resource Network. He has also supported several development agencies as an evaluation and project development consultant. Eric’s present professional interest is in planning of intervention programmes to meet the needs and rights of children in Uganda, a country emerging from prolonged conflict.  He is the author of several articles on children, young people and conflict situations notably: Children and young mothers Agency in the midst of Conflict: a review of the experiences of young people in Northern Uganda (2015), Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect; Psychosocial Support for formerly abducted youth in Northern Uganda (2015) In:  Schott, E. & Weiss, E. (Eds). Social Work Practice in Health, Mental Health & Communities: A Meta-framework for Micro, Mezzo, Macro and Global Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; and Traditional Acholi mechanisms for reintegrating Ugandan child abductees. Anthropology Southern Africa, 2014 Vol. 37, No. 3&4,239-251, published online on 5th January 2015; and Ochen, Eric Awich (2013) Gender Issues in Reintegration: A Feminist and Rights-Based Analysis of the Experiences of Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda. In: Omeje, K. & Hepner-Redeker, T (eds.) Political Conflicts and Peace building in the African Great Lakes Region; Bloomington (In): Indiana University Press, pp.197-216 . Other Publications have included: Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda: A Critique of Modern Structures for Child Protection and Reintegration in Journal of Community Practice Special issue on Social Work and social development in Africa (2012); Supporting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda: Muse and Reflections from the Activities of Gulu Support the Children Organization (GUSCO) 1994-2010 in Reflection: Social work innovations in Africa, Volume 17 no 3, March 2011; and Gender Dynamics, Conflict and Food Insecurity: Lessons from Northern Uganda. In: Awortwi N. And Okwany, A, (eds) Aspects of Social Development and Local Governance in Uganda, Maastricht: Shaker Publishers, pp 259-290. Dr. Ochen has also published in anthropology southern Africa, Infant mental health journal, and community development journal and contributed chapters to high level book publications. 

Dr Ochen has extensive experience in provision of development consultancy to civil society agencies, donor agencies, central and local government within Uganda. Dr Ochen particularly brings extensive experience in course developments and curriculum reviews. He has recently spearheaded the development of BA course in Social Development for Makerere University and Nsamizi Institute for social development, as well as a Masters of Social Work Curriculum which is under review. Dr. Ochen Awich has also supported several other development organisations in developing short certificate courses to enhance staff capacity in Child protection, project planning and analysis as well as other aspects of organisational development. Dr. Ochen is an experienced trainer with very good facilitation skills having honed this over the last fifteen years in the field of development management. In addition, Dr. Ochen brings programme conceptualisation, baseline survey and situational analysis; appraisal and development, monitoring, mid-term review and end of project evaluations. Dr. Ochen also has supported several agencies in organisational capacity assessment and development including the development of strategic plans, capacity change strategies and repositioning of organisations within their development environment. His experience spans several thematic areas: social development, conflict and peace building, Education and training, Governance, agriculture and rural livelihoods as well as water and sanitation.   

Publications

  1. Ochen, Eric Awich (2015) Children and young mothers Agency in the midst of Conflict: a review of the experiences of young people in Northern Uganda. Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, Published on line at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014521341500006Xdoi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.01.005
  2. Ochen, Eric Awich (2015) Psychosocial Support for formerly abducted youth in Northern Uganda.  In:  Schott, E. & Weiss, E. (Eds). Social Work Practice in Health, Mental Health & Communities: A Meta-framework for Micro, Mezzo, Macro and Global Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications http://www.amazon.com/Transformative-Social-Work-Practice-Schott/dp/1483359638/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442682967&sr=8-1&keywords=transformative+social+work+practice#reader_1483359638
  3. Ochen, Eric Awich (2014) Traditional Acholi mechanisms for reintegrating Ugandan child abductees. Anthropology Southern Africa, 2014  Vol. 37, No. 3&4,239-251, Published online on 5th January 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23323256.2014.993809
  4. Walakira E.J; Ochen, Eric Awich, Bukuluki, P. & Allan, Sue (2014) Residential care for abandoned children and their integration into family based setting in Uganda: Lessons for policy and programming. Infant Mental Health Journal special issue, Vol 35, issue 2, March/April 2014, pp-144-150. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21432. Wiley Online Journal
  5. Ochen, Eric Awich (2013) Gender Issues in Reintegration: A Feminist and Rights-Based Analysis of the Experiences of Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda. In: Omeje, K. & Hepner-Redeker, T (eds.) Political Conflicts and Peace building in the African Great Lakes Region; Bloomington (In): Indiana University Press, pp.197-216 
  6. Ochen, Eric Awich (2013) Women on the Periphery? Gendered Survival among formerly abducted young women in Northern Uganda” in Personal and Public Lives and Relationships in a Changing Social World Editors: Sharon Wray and Rosemary Rae, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 40-55. ISBN 1-4438-4968-5
  7. Ochen, Eric Awich, A.D Jones & James W. McAuley (2013) Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda: A Critique of Modern Structures for Child Protection and Reintegration, in: Butterfield, A. and Abye, Tasse (eds.) Social Development and Social Work: learning from Africa: New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis (ISBN: 978-0-41552816-0) pp. 89-111.
  8. This is a republication of an earlier work in the Journal Community Practice, see : Ochen, Eric Awich, A.D Jones & James W. McAuley (2012) Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda: A Critique of Modern Structures for Child Protection and Reintegration; Special issue of the Journal of Community Practice, Volume 1 & 2, 2012, pp. 89-111
  9. Ochen, Eric Awich, Eria Olowo-Onyango & Christine Mbabazi Mpyangu (2013) Reflections on Mainstreaming Internship in University Curricula with specific reference to the Experience of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University. Makerere University journal of Higher education (MAJOHE) ISSN: 1816-6822, vol. 5 no 1 August, 2013, pp67-80
  10. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/majohe/article/view/101188 http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/majohe.v5i1.5
  11. Ochen, Eric Awich (2013) Engendering Social Rejection among Young Women affected by armed conflict in northern Uganda: a case study of formerly abducted young women. Journal of Development Studies, (Published by Uganda Martyrs University in collaboration with International Alert (UK), special issue on youth and Development  Vol. 3 No 2, pp.115-132 (august, 2013)  http://www.academia.edu/5900156/Youth_Identity_National_Unity_and_Development_in_Uganda_Prospects_and_Options
  12. Ochen, Eric Awich (2012) Protecting and Meeting Rights of Children during Conflict? Reflections on the activities of three Indigenous Social Work Agencies in Northern Uganda, British Journal of Social Work Special Issue: Social Work and Political Context: Engagement and Negotiations, Volume 42, pp. 1192-1212, published in August 2012.
  13. Ochen, Eric Awich & Robert Okeny (2011) Supporting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda: Muse and Reflections from the Activities of Gulu Support the Children Organization (GUSCO) 1994-2010. Reflection: Narratives of professional helping, special issue on Social work innovations in Africa, Volume 17 no 3, March 2011, Pp.17-27.
  14. Ochen, Eric Awich, Paul Bukuluki and Firminus Mugumya (2010); Gender Dynamics, Conflict and Food Insecurity: Lessons from Northern Uganda. In: Awortwi N. And Okwany, A, (eds) Issues in Social Development and Local Governance in Uganda, Maastricht: Shaker Publishers, pp 259-290.
  15. Charles Abola, Paul Omach, Catherine Anena, Ochen, Eric Awich & Barongo Ateenyi (2009) Evaluation of Norwegian Development cooperation through Norwegian Non-governmental organisation in Northern Uganda, A commissioned Research Report prepared for NORAD OSLO. ISBN: 978-82-7548-395-7
  16. Ochen, Eric Awich, (2008); Community Action Plans: Does Representative Participation Meet Needs of Poor And Marginalized In Northern Uganda? In: Awortwi, N. and Kanyesigye, C. (Eds.); Aspects of Social Development in Uganda; Maastricht (Netherlands): Shaker Publishing, pp. 142-180 
  17. Firminus Mugumya, Ochen, Eric Awich, A. Twinamatsiko and R. Mukuye (2008); Promoting Downward Accountability through Decentralization: Challenges and Prospects for Uganda’s Local Governments; In: Awortwi, N. and Kanyesigye, C. (Eds.); Aspects of Social Development in Uganda; Maastricht: Shaker publishing, pp. 181-212.
  18. Bukuluki, Paul, Firminus Mugumya, Eric A Ochen, Stella Nema and Agatha Kafuko (2008); Gender, Food Security and AIDS in internally Displaced Persons camps in Uganda: Implications for HIV Responsive Policy and Programming. Available at http://www.ifpri.org/renewal/pdf/RFbrief17.pdf and http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/FBUO-7LREGM?OpenDocument

 

Research Interests
Community development
Post conflict interventions
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