Uganda: Survey of War Affected Youth

SWAY was a research program in northern Uganda dedicated to understanding the causes and consequences of civil war violence and child soldiering.


Specifically, SWAY studied:

  • The long-term, individual-level economic, psychological, and political impacts of exposure to war violence and conscription
  • The scale, nature and causes of child soldiering and forced recruitment
  • The design and evaluation of programs to recover, reintegrate, and develop after conflict

To do so, SWAY tracked and surveyed a representative sample of more than 1,300 young men and women at the end of of northern Uganda’s 20-year war.

SWAY’s principal researchers are Jeannie Annan, Chris Blattman, Khristopher Carlson, and Dyan Mazurana. SWAY concluded in 2008. The research continues in several programs and evaluations, including:

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This zip file contains:

  • A “codebook” with a description of the study design and implementation and variables of interest
  • Survey instruments in text files
  • Raw survey data (anonymized) in Stata form
  • Academic paper replication files in Stata form
  • All other files used to construct datasets for the academic analysis

Please cite one of the academic publications below for these data.

Academic Publications

Several book and journal articles based on SWAY have been published or are in press, including:

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Policy Reports

Research Briefs

SWAY’s early findings were summarized is a series of short research and policy briefs:

Full Reports

Two full-length reports provide the most thorough coverage of SWAY results.

SWAY I: The State of Youth in northern Uganda (2007)

SWAY II: The State of Female Youth in Northern Uganda (2008)


SWAY was primarily supported by AVSI Uganda and UNICEF Uganda.

Other donors include the MacArthur Foundation, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, the IPRA Foundation, the UC Berkeley IBER, and Indiana University’s HPER.