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Interview: Dr José Bazonzi

Dr José Bazonzi is a researcher on the Justice and Security Research Programme, based at the University of Kinshasa, where he is Associate Professor of Sociology. He is an expert on justice and governance issues, international migration and development. Dr Bazonzi presented his work on fragmented justice in DRC to the Egmont Institute as part of a policy event […]

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    Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

In this blog, Tom Kirk, Jeroen Cuvelier and Koen Vlassenroot explore the JSRP’s Evidence Paper on ‘Resources, Conflict and Governance’ and briefly outline how the programme’s research is beginning to address the paper’s concerns over a lack of literature on resource governance in conflict-affected areas.

The JSRP has focussed on places – including parts of the DRC, South Sudan, CAR […]

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    Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

JSRP Policy Brief 4, Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo, by Judith Verweijen, is out now, exploring the phenomenon of justice populaire.

Extra-legal ‘popular’ violence, whereby citizens kill other citizens ‘in the name of justice’, has occurred all over the world, at different times and in different places. However, there is a much higher incidence of […]

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    JSRP Paper: Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The Challenges of Donor-supported Bottom-up Security Provision in Ituri (DR Congo)

JSRP Paper: Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The Challenges of Donor-supported Bottom-up Security Provision in Ituri (DR Congo)

by Kasper Hoffmann, Koen Vlassenroot and Karen Büscher.

There is currently a lively debate among policy-makers and scholars about the role that local non-state actors can play in security provision in so-called ‘fragile situations’, or contexts characterized by high levels of insecurity and limited state capacity to deal with it. The idea that building security institutions based on Western models […]

Making Justice Work: The Bemba Case and the ICC’s Future

By Tatiana Carayannis

On March 21, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Congolese rebel leader turned politician Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. After holding Bemba in detention for nearly eight years, the court determined that Bemba failed to stop his Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) troops from committing atrocities against civilians in the […]

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    Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the DRC: A comparison between 2011 and 2014

Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the DRC: A comparison between 2011 and 2014

Conflict-related sexual violence has scarred the lives of a very large number of victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This study compared the effects and effectiveness of sexual violence response programmes in 2011 and 2014. The central argument of this report is that while there have been some gains, such as victim-oriented support widening to community-based response, […]

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    Dorothea Hilhorst Provides Expert Briefing to the UN on Sexual Violence Response in the DRC

Dorothea Hilhorst Provides Expert Briefing to the UN on Sexual Violence Response in the DRC

On Wednesday 27th January, Professor Dorothea Hilhorst will give an expert briefing in New York at the UN on a major forthcoming report co-funded by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The briefing will take the form of a brownbag lunch, and will cover the […]

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    From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

Claims of being ‘sons of the soil’ or ‘indigenous’ inhabitants as opposed to ‘foreigners’ play a prominent role in violent conflict around the world. Yet, as this blog argues, the violence occurring in these settings is not always directly related to these claims. The recent upsurge of global attention to intensifying refugee and migrant streams has revealed once again the […]

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    Myths Set in Motion: The Moral Economy of Mai-Mai Governance

Myths Set in Motion: The Moral Economy of Mai-Mai Governance

In the newly published edited volume Rebel Governance in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2015), JSRP researcher Kasper Hoffmann contributes a chapter about Mai Mai rebels’ governance of civilians in eastern Congo. In the chapter, ‘Myths Set in Motion: The Moral Economy of Mai-Mai Governance’, he argues that neither greed nor ideology alone can explain why some rebel groups choose to govern civilians […]

Mobutu’s Lingering Legacy in Gbadolite

By Aaron Pangburn 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 moment to reflect on his legacy and his lingering impact on the locality he once called home. The story of Gbadolite (in the territory of Nord-Ubangi and the […]