Class 15 (2016-2018)

Patrick Bwire, Uganda

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Patrick holds a Master’s in Project Management from Cavendish University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University (Uganda). He has 10 years’ experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, research, human rights and project management. Patrick has been working as the Programme Coordinator in charge of Peacebuilding at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Uganda. At CECORE, he has coordinated both national and cross-border projects, aimed at natural resource conflict management, enhancing reconciliation, conflict prevention, youth and women empowerment, integrating conflict sensitivity in institutions and skills building. He has facilitated several capacity building trainings for both high level and community level stakeholders.

Since 2014, he has coordinated the CECORE-Columbia University Masters in Negotiation Studies Internship programme, aimed at equipping interns with practical field experiences. Previously, he worked with Peace Tree Network-Kenya and World Vision Uganda to transform conflicts and empower post conflict communities in Mt. Elgon and Northern Uganda respectively. From 2012-2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Network-Uganda (HURINET-U) – a network organization of Human Rights and Peacebuilding organizations where he played a technical, advisory and oversight role and facilitated formulation and reviews of organization policies.

He has been influential in the ongoing process of the development of the National Peace Policy for Uganda – especially as a Steering Committee member fast-tracking the development of the Policy. Patrick is also a Team Leader of Youth Initiative for Rural Development (YIRD) a community based organization he founded in 2008, aimed at empowering youth as agents of social-economic transformation through promoting their talents and potential.

At Duke University, Patrick hopes to enhance his practical skills in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, resolution and transformation, conflict sensitive natural resource management, and development of people-centered policies – skills he believes will apply and significantly contribute to his passion for peace – especially in Uganda and Africa.

Applied Field Experience

Kenya National Land Commission , Nairobi, Kenya