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    Book review – Against Humanity: Lessons from the Lord’s Resistance Army

Book review – Against Humanity: Lessons from the Lord’s Resistance Army

With the proliferation of literature on the Lord’s Resistance Army, it is difficult for researchers to reveal more than is already known. To be original the author need not resort to cultural relativism, and ‘moral outrage’ can exist alongside the humanity of combatants.

In the early 2000s, the central north of Uganda was the site of one of Africa’s most […]

The charcoal challenge in DRC’s Virunga

The charcoal trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been framed as an issue of transnational organised crime, omitting the importance of the trade for local populations. Current strategies of heavy law enforcement consequently fail to gain public support, and will remain ineffective.

Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was recently reopened for tourists, after […]

Senegal’s democracy is limited with or without Macky Sall

After his recent victory, Senegal’s re-elected president has shown a willingness to open a new chapter. But in order to transform the country for the better, argues Elimane Kane, the country needs more than a new president or fairer elections. The population needs a new consciousness.

Senegal has just emerged from its eleventh presidential elections. The vote, held on 24 […]

International development has a race problem

Working in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation uncovered an underlying prejudice among the white expatriate development community. Until the development sector deals with this problem, can the sort of relationship with governments needed for effective partnerships really be created?

Last week I went to a talk in Oxford about Sierra Leone’s Ebola emergency response. It was a presentation […]

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.

Combatants’ […]

What is the bushmeat crisis and why should we care?

Thibaut Vandervelden discusses how the growing appeal of bushmeat is destroying the second most biodiverse forest in the world.

Over a period of 12,000 years, humans have gone from living in a lush and verdant “garden of eden” to the advent of technological changes which has led to negative, as well as positive impact on our planet When the […]

  • 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|

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