Conflict

Fragility and uneven aid in the African Great Lakes

The DRC’s new president brings opportunities to rethink development in the Great Lakes region. With current aid policies charged with fuelling political instability, Léopold Ghins argues the status quo is unable to bring prosperity and effective peacekeeping.

Despite decades of foreign interventions, both through peacekeeping and aid, the African Great Lakes remain one of the world’s most fragile regions. So […]

Money guards and hospital hostages in the DRC

Conducting research in new socio-economic spaces can bring unexpected challenges. For two researchers in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo their identities as white foreigners impacted their relation to power and authority, with ignorance of local customs interacting with privileged access to money and networks.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series with the Centre for Public Authority […]

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    A never-ending story? Cyclical mobilisation and demobilisation in the eastern DRC

A never-ending story? Cyclical mobilisation and demobilisation in the eastern DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, demobilisation programmes aim to reintegrate combatants into everyday life. But there are often blurred boundaries between what is considered military and civilian and, with a less nuanced understanding, potential future security threats could go unchecked.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series with the Centre for Public Authority and International Development at LSE.

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    Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Gino Vlavonou explores how multiple public authorities shape the current armed conflict in CAR.

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

 

Armed conflicts are complex and the Central African Republic (CAR) is a place where the national government and international community have been struggling to bring about peace. Armed […]

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    Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Male survivors are not ’emasculated’ but experience ‘displacement from gendered personhood’

Taking Northern Uganda as a case study, Philipp Schulz explores the intersecting harms experienced by male survivors of sexual violence, and argues that these harms can potentially be mitigated. He suggests that improved understanding – and language – can aid recovery. 

The United Nations Security Council (UN SC) and the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda initially paid insufficient attention to sexual violence against men […]

January 23rd, 2019|Conflict, Featured, Gender|0 Comments|

Preventing and punishing sexual violence in war post-Bemba

Following the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo by the International Criminal Court, Louise Arimatsu reflects on what steps might be taken to more effectively address sexual violence in conflict. 

Preventing sexual violence in conflict has been a high priority for the international community for at least the last two decades exemplified by the myriad of policy, legal and institutional measures adopted by states […]

January 16th, 2019|Conflict, Featured, Gender|0 Comments|

Reading List: Most popular book reviews of 2018

We couldn’t say goodbye to 2018 before sharing our top book reviews of the year, as voted by your clicks! Here they are:

Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr – Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
The Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia 1300-1700 by Mohammed Hassen – Aleksander Engeskaug says this book is an important […]

Reading List: Most popular blog posts of 2018

As the final few hours of 2018 dwindle away, let’s look back at 2018 and discover the best-read Africa@LSE blog posts of the year.

 

Transformation euphoria in the Horn of Africa – As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.
The unenviable situation of Tigreans […]

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    Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Madeleine Issitt and Aloh Francis find out just how successful football is in developing social harmony in post-conflict areas.

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

It has been said that football can heal the social wounds of war and be a force for reconciliation. But is that really true? In opposing two teams, there […]

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    Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Amid a backdrop of uncertainty, families in Karamoja often rely on alternative mechanisms to secure their livelihoods. Saum Nangiro explains the dynamics among street children in Kampala, and gives policy solutions to address this crisis.

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

In Karamoja, northern Uganda, people have been facing challenges, both natural and man-made; […]

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