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Betty Bigombe

Betty Bigombe

Betty Bigombe is an internationally recognised, award-winning expert in conflict resolution, armed conflict mediation, and post-conflict peacemaking and rehabilitation. Her areas of expertise include: peacebuilding, mediator, negotiator and trainer of senior mediators, in-person mediation, reconciling fractured communities involving grassroots women, and demobilising and reintegrating ex-combatants. Betty initiated programmes that promote peace and reconciliation in war zones, refugee camps, and violent conflicts. She develops solutions and strategies that promote long-term goals, while also achieving immediate priorities.

Betty is currently on the team that is mediating in the South Sudan conflict between the government and the non-signatory groups, while monitoring and implementation of the agreement that was signed with the main rebel group. To augment the mediation, she is conducting back door mediation with the various groups, engaging the parties outside the formal mediation room using her persuasion skills.

Betty initiated peace talks in the northern Uganda conflict that had lasted more than twenty years. She successfully mediated Reunification of Sudan People's Liberation Movement of South Sudan, since the violent conflict broke out as result of the power struggle within the Movement. Through United Nations Women, Betty was invited to Colombia to prepare Colombian women to participate in the peace talks in Havana, Cuba. She has also been helping to rehabilitate former child mothers in northern Uganda.