You may have already have seen our Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year, so you may be wondering what this is about. Well, this is to capture notable articles which did not make it into the Top 10, but stood out in other ways. This could be the way they resonated with their readers or how aptly they […]
Book Review – Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon
Jonathan Silver says Congo’s Environmental Paradox by Theodore Trefon might prompt consideration about how we value Congo’s contribution to the world.
In Congo’s Environmental Paradox; Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty, Theodore Trefon has written an important book that weaves together an overview of the country’s key ecological resources with a concise and important political analysis. Trefon examines […]
Dr Suda Perera argues that the current political crisis in DR Congo demonstrates that the idea that a fairly-won election is necessary to create a certain and solid basis for democratic state-building is faulty.
This article is part of our African Elections series.
In 2006, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held its first multi-party democratic elections in over 40 years after […]
Book Review – Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji
In Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds, Filip DeBoeck and Sammy Baloji generate an analysis that stretches our thinking about urban life. LSE’s Kate Dawson calls this book an important reference for anyone interested in urban life.
How we talk about urban phenomena matters. It matters not only because of the (perhaps overly declared) projections of an […]
Book Review: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens
This is a wide-ranging volume which examines the intersection between the aid industry and African politics from a variety of perspectives. It should provoke new thinking among both academics and practitioners, says Nick Branson.
Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens seek to explore the “motives, dynamics and consequences of international aid given to authoritarian African governments”. The editors present donors’ […]
Reviews of academic books feature on the blog on Fridays, we have compiled a list of the best read book reviews of 2015.
10. Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa – From the Margins to the Centre by Mary Njeri Kinyanyjui – Rochelle Burgess said that this book could be a landmark publication in changing perceptions of how development […]
As Joseph Kabila refuses to say whether he will step down as President of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the end of his second term in office, LSE alumna Marta Iñiguez de Heredia discusses the factors which would lead to a delay in the elections scheduled for November 2016 and therefore a crisis and what the government and […]
Aaron Pangburn visits Gbadolite, the ancestral home of Mobutu Sese Seko and finds a marginalised community struggling with increased pressures as a result of the crisis in neighbouring Central Africa Republic.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko’s rise to power, and the debates over the “next Congolese President” in 2016 intensify, it is a unique […]
LSE’s Alice Evans checks her privilege as she recounts some of the not-so-pleasant aspects of her fieldwork.
I shouted fiercely, telling him to back off. Instead he persisted, mirroring my lurches left and right – as if we were playing football together. But it didn’t feel like a game. He was drunk and backing me into a corner. Taunting me. […]
As China shows indications of being willing to fall in line with international standards on procuring conflict minerals, Sophie Wintgens examines the strategic issues facing China as DR Congo seeks to revise its mining code.
In comparison to its strong historic ties with the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, China’s entry into DR Congo came late but it was swift […]