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  • Permalink This aerial photo of Kitchanga was taken during the crisis in March 2013 when IOM North Kivu organised an aerial reconnaissance mission to estimate the numbers of IDPs who had found refugee close to the MONUSCO basis and identify other newly created spontaneous sites.

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    The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

The story of Kitchanga: Spatial politics of presence, refuge and return in North Kivu, Eastern DRCongo

In the Kivu provinces of the Eastern Congo, permanent semi-urban towns emerge from the protracted presence of refugees and internally displaced persons. Using the example of Kitchanga in North Kivu, Gillian Mathys and Karen Büscher (Ghent University) show the importance of such towns as important spaces in the politics of mobility, presence and return in a context of violent […]

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 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 […]

Notes from the Field: Beginning a new research project

Pat Stys and Tom Kirk discuss the challenges of designing a new research project examining water governance in Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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

In early 2018, Mercy Corps DRC representatives approached LSE CPAID researcher Pat Stys to conduct research on […]

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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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