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Impact de la Fluctuation des Prix de Matiere Premieres sur les Recettes publiques dans la Region de la SADC: Le Cas du Cuivre Pour la RDC / Impact of the Commodity Price Fluctuation on Public Revenues in the SADC Region: The Case of Copper for the DRC

A study that was conducted in some of the SADC countries in order to seek to understand how from 2003 to 2011 the boom in natural resource prices has impacted the economies of these countries and also how they are coping against the fall in the pric…

Conflict Trends Issue 2

The first article on page 3 is titled: 'ECOWAS’s Efforts at Resolving Guinea-Bissau’s Protracted Political Crisis, 2015–2019' written by Brown Odigie. This article examines the lingering political crisis that erupted in August 2015 within the leader…

Regional and Continental Responses to the DRC Election Crisis

The recent Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) elections are a useful measure of the willingness of continental and regional bodies to address contested election outcomes in Africa. They also show the extent to which international players are wil…

Opportunities and Challenges in the DRC

Almost a year after his inauguration, the question of whether or not President Felix Tshisekedi can effectively lead the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and make any fundamental changes to how the country is governed is more pertinent than ever. …

A New Approach for the UN to Stabilise the DR Congo

The Security Council is seeking new ways to stabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with an eye to drawing down the long-running UN peace operation there. In parallel, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi wants to strike a new security agr…

Strengthening Local and National Infrastructures for Peace in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and South Sudan

In 2016, ACCORD outlined its 2017–2021 Six-Pillar Strategy, which seeks to contribute to sustainable peace, security and development in Africa by mitigating conflict. One of the critical pillars of the Strategy is Pillar 2, which focuses on strengt…

Averting Proxy Wars in the Eastern DR Congo and Great Lakes

The Great Lakes region is increasingly on edge. Distrust is rife among Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, all of which have connections to insurgents in the eastern DRC. President Tshisekedi’s emphasis on regional peacemaking deserves applause and his coop…

Household Economic Well-being and Child Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health is both a direct component of human well-being and a form of human capital that increases an individual’s capabilities and opportunities to generate income and reduces vulnerability. It is argued that these two views are complementary, and bo…

DR Congo: Ending the Cycle of Violence in Ituri

Since December 2017, violence in the province of Ituri, in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has left nearly 1,000 people dead and half a million displaced. Breaking out in the territory of Djugu, small-scale attacks first pi…

Breaking the Silence of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence against Men and Boys: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Sexual violence has been around for as long as humanity and the history of warfare. It has been shrouded in a cloak of denial and often treated as incidental to conflict, thereby understating its terrible impact on victims and their communities. How…

What is at Stake for the DRC Presidential Election?

On August 8, 2018, Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), announced that he would not participate as a candidate for the presidency in elections scheduled to take place on December 23, 2018. He picked former interior mi…

Internal Mobility and Youth Entrepreneurship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This paper highlights the relationship between the mobility of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and their involvement in entrepreneurship. Despite the destruction of transport infrastructure during the long period of war, the D…

Mobilité interne et entrepreneuriat des jeunes en République démocratique du Congo

This paper underlines the relationship between the mobility of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and their involvement in entrepreneurship. Despite the destruction of transport infrastructure during the long period of war, the D…

Migration interne et entreprenariat des jeunes en République démocratique du Congo / Internal migration and youth entrepreneurship in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this study, a team of local researchers highlighted the link between high mobility of young people in the DRC and their commitment to entrepreneurship. This study aims to access the impact of internal migration on the propensity of young people t…

Youth Participation and Non-Violent Resistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Case of LUCHA

Since its colonisation in 1885, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been plagued with violence, conflict and underdevelopment. Much of its post-independence period in the 20th century was spent under the brutal dictatorship of President Mobut…

Troubling Times ahead: Election Scenarios for the DRC

Many observers have welcomed the August announcement that President Joseph Kabila will not be contesting the national elections scheduled for December in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By stepping aside Kabila has averted a constitutional c…

Best Practices: Formalization and Due Diligence in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

This paper introduces various formalization and due diligence efforts within the ASM sector. We provide a general overview and explore examples of three countries—looking at the positive and negative impacts of these processes— to provide key lesson…

Africa in the Global Peace and Security Architecture: Overcoming Gridlocks to Peace

Peace and security underpin sustainable development. Indeed, the General Assembly of the United Nations has stated that the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will only be realized in a world of peace, security and respect for huma…

Access to Agricultural Land and Nutritional Outcomes at the Household Level: A Gender Perspective Analysis in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Despite the huge DRC’s agricultural potential, the majority of the Congolese population remains largely vulnerable to food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger. While 71% of the labour force are employed in agriculture, there is a contrast between th…

Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Time for a Regional Approach

The countries of the Great Lakes region face the possibility of rising regional tensions which could lead to renewed violence. Relations between Uganda and Rwanda are at a historical low, and the heightened tensions between Rwanda and Burundi are en…

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