Kasper Agger's blog

Kasper Agger is the Enough Project’s Uganda-based field researcher. His work focuses on the crisis in the Central African Republic, illicit natural resource trade and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group; with on-the-ground research in Uganda, South Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic, combined with advocacy based reporting with the aim to identify recommendations and solutions to solve conflicts.

Prior to joining the Enough Project, Agger spend two years with Northern Uganda Peace Initiative providing input to the Juba peace process. He also worked for the U.N. Environmental Program with implementation of clean energy projects across Africa. Agger has setup several social ventures in Africa, including a grassroots reconciliation initiative in Northern Uganda and a culinary school for Kenyan youths in the Masai Mara National Park.

Agger holds a combined M.A. in Geography and International Development Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark and a B.A in social sciences. He is a passionate chef, writer and video producer, with a portfolio that includes Ugandan pop music videos.

Brazzaville Summit No Guarantee for Peace in CAR

A recently-concluded three-day regional summit in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville narrowly delivered a much anticipated ceasefire agreement between Séléka and Anti-Balaka forces, the two major armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). Such an agreement does not, however, guarantee an end to the country’s deep crisis. Disarmament of the armed groups, local dialogues, justice reform, and a clear roadmap for the remaining part of the transition are urgently needed to give the Brazzaville agreement any chance of success.   Read More »

Al Jazeera America Op-ed: To understand the crisis in the CAR, beware of familiar narratives

Protestors carry a sign reading 'Resign Djotodia,' in CAR.

The Central African Republic’s interim president and rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, was forced to resign today at a two-day summit in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena.   Read More »

Op-ed: U.S. Must Pressure African Governments for Access to Kony's LRA Safe Havens

With the help of U.S. military advisers, African forces have made progress in the push to apprehend Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, but challenges remain. The U.S., U.N., and African Union must pressure the region's governments to allow access to LRA safe havens.  Read More »

Defections from LRA Gaining Momentum

Efforts to establish “safe reporting sites,” where rebels with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, can surrender peacefully, are starting to pay off.  Read More »

New Field Dispatch: Chasing the Lord’s Resistance Army

Based on research conducted while embedded with the Ugandan army, Enough is publishing today a field dispatch titled, “Chasing the Lord’s Resistance Army - Challenges faced by Ugandan soldiers pursuing the Lord’s Resistance Army.” The dispatch explains that the UPDF trekking teams can roam around in the jungle for weeks without any clear trace of the LRA and that direct encounters are rare.  Read More »

Uganda Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

Today marks Uganda’s 50th Independence Day. The anniversary has been long-awaited and with some excitement. The main opposition group, For God and My Country, headed by longtime opposition leader Kizza Besigye, has staged rallies and protests in Kampala in the week leading to today’s celebrations.  Read More »

An Essential Tool for Helping End the LRA is Lost: Uganda’s Amnesty Law Not Renewed

Enacted in 2000, Uganda’s Amnesty Act has been a helpful tools over the past decade in cutting down the size of the Lord’s Resistance Army. It offered exemption from criminal prosecution for returning rebels, who abandoned the rebellion and handed over their arms. To date more than 26,000 rebels have received a Certificate of Amnesty, enabling them to defect without fear of prosecution and resettle in their communities with government assistance. As of this week, this is no longer an option.  Read More »

Mission in the Balance: Challenges for U.S. Advisors in Helping to End the LRA

In late March and April 2012, I traveled to areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic to take a closer look at the ongoing military and non-military efforts by the U.S. advisors and the national armies in the region in their fight to end the Lord’s Resistance Army. Today the Enough Project published a report, a video, and a slideshow based on the research.  Read More »

Making the Most of the Capture of the LRA’s Caesar Acellam

The capture of Caesar Acellam, a high-ranking LRA commander, is a significant development in the effort to bring an end to the rebel group. His survival and safe capture should serve as a model for future encounters with LRA leaders and can be a real game changer provided that the U.S., Uganda, and other partners utilize this opportunity fully.  Read More »

Betty Bigombe, the 'Mother' of Uganda’s Acholi

Since the early 1900s countries around the world have celebrated International Women’s Day as a time to recognize the role of women in society and mobilize against injustices specifically impacting half of the world’s population. At Enough, rather than confining our commemoration to just one day—March 8—we’re giving a special focus to women all this week, to highlight how the conflicts we’re working to end affect women and girls, and to recognize the work of heroes advocating on their behalf.

For Day 1 of our International Women’s Week coverage, Enough’s Kampala based LRA researcher Kasper Agger spoke to Betty Bigombe, Ugandan cabinet minister, member of Parliament, and longtime advocate for survivors of the LRA.  Read More »

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