DR Congo

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    Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Written in advance of the CPAID Workshop in Mombasa, Papy Muzuri Batumike, Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume and Patrycja Stys, give an intimate insight into the challenges of workshop preparation while in the field.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Ahead of the CPAID workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, 5-8 September 2018, […]

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    Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Using the example of the village of Inke in Democratic Republic of Congo, Aaron Pangburn and José Ndala provide insight into how an inclusive approach and the support of host communities can improve the lives of displaced.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

For the last five years, Inke, a small village, forty kilometres outside […]

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    How DFID works with non-state power holders in fragile and conflict-afflicted places

How DFID works with non-state power holders in fragile and conflict-afflicted places

Duncan Green interviews DFID’s Wilf Mwamba about how donors understand and work with public authority.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

One of the highlights of the recent conference on accountability and empowerment in fragile/conflict states was hanging out with a true ‘development entrepreneur’, Wilf Mwamba. Wilf, a rising star […]

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    When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

When Archives Speak Back: Sexual Violence in the #Congo Free State

As apologists for colonialism gain prominence, Charlotte Mertens reports how the Congolese voices resting in the Africa archives of Brussels reveal the use of rape, sexual exploitation and torture as punishment, extortion and a display of colonial power.

 

When talking about colonialism, its power structures and durabilities, it matters who speaks. When people in privileged positions speak out in favour […]

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    Exploring boat operators’ perceptions of taxation on the Congo River #PublicAuthority

Exploring boat operators’ perceptions of taxation on the Congo River #PublicAuthority

Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen’s research among boat operators on the Congo River has given them a deeper insight into state-society relations in the Central African country.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

The Congolese state is often called “predatory”. Indeed, it has a long history of […]

#PublicAuthority through the eyes of a Dead Fish

Duncan Green is fascinated about just how much can be learned about public authority by tracking fish – from the lake to the market.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

One of the highlights of the May 2018 conference in Ghent was a presentation by Esther Marijnen about her research in […]

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    The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

Koen Vlassenroot, Emery Mudinga and Josaphat Musamba Bussy tackle the complexities around the remobilisation of armed combatants following conflict and introduce new ways to look at it.

 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In this article, we introduce the notion of circular return to explain the permanent state of mobility between civilian and combatant life […]

How do patronage networks affect military cohesion?

Judith Verweijen examines the impact of patronage networks on military cohesion within the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Military cohesion is increasingly recognised as crucial for shaping the behaviour of state and insurgent forces. Cohesion primarily refers to […]

Business Lessons for DRC’s Leadership Crisis

Kwame Marfo looks beyond DRC’s current leadership crisis to imagine a new future for the Central African country.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” quipped Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff on the back of the crisis the new administration faced following the global financial meltdown. This provided the political capital to pass the most […]

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    DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn argue that it is time to rethink Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

After numerous cycles of violence, ceasefires, and peace deals, thousands of Congolese former rebels have demobilised, disarmed, and tried to return to their communities of […]

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