DR Congo

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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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    Beyond Mixed Metaphors of Networks: Applying Social Network Analysis to Study #PublicAuthority and Governance

Beyond Mixed Metaphors of Networks: Applying Social Network Analysis to Study #PublicAuthority and Governance

Patrycja Stys explores how using Social Network Analysis (SNA) can improve our understanding of public authority.

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

The struggle to conceptualise contemporary states – and effectively promote post-conflict reconstruction and state-building – continues. Even in the global North, realities of globalisation, regional economic […]

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    #PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

#PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

Esther Marijnen and Rosaleen Duffy call for a change in the way wildlife conservation and protection is viewed in situations of conflict.

More than 70 per cent of Africa’s national parks have been affected by war in recent decades, and wildlife has suffered as a result. That’s according to a new study by researchers from Yale and Princeton universities, which looked at data […]

DR Congo: The case for taking the administration seriously

Stylianos Moshonas, Tom De Herdt and Kristof Titeca explore the challenges facing the DR Congo civil service.

 

The Congolese administration in its current state has long been pointed to as a major impediment to Congo’s ambition to achieve developmental outcomes: threadbare on the service delivery front, inefficient, excessive in urban settings, and corrupt – indeed indicative of the state’s predatory […]

The Politics of Return: An agenda for research #LSEreturn

As the AHRC-ESRC PaCCs-funded Politics of Return series is launched, Professor Tim Allen and Dr Anna Macdonald discuss why it is more important than ever to investigate the dynamics of return and reintegration in Central and Eastern Africa.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration […]

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