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The ICC and Community-Level Reconciliation: In-Country Perspectives

"The ICC interventions in Africa have precipitated debate about the role of transitional justice processes in stabilising war-affected and post-authoritarian countries. The focus of this Regional Consultation was therefore timely and relevant to the…

The Banyamulenge and the Unmaking of the Congolese State: Issues and Prospects

"This policy brief attempts to examine Joseph Kabila’s relationship with the Banyamulenge and assess whether this relationship would lead to the Banyamulenge’s feeling more accepted as Congolese or continuing to be regarded as ‘foreigners’, as the…

CSR Practice in the DRC’s Mining Sector by Chinese Firms

"Two distinctly different kinds of Chinese activities occur in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): state-led, large-scale investment financed by China Export-Import(EXIM) Bank; and private investment in mineral processing, t…

Managing Peace and Security in Africa Essays on Approaches to Interventions in African Conflicts

"This anthology examines five major cases of interventions in African conflicts by third parties either in a mediation role or in a peace enforcement role by a variety of actors ranging from states to regional and continental institutions with varyi…

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Forestry Governance in the DRC

This case study on forestry governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forms part of a three-year project entitled Strengthening the Governance of Africa’s Natural Resources, conducted by the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GAR…

The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

"On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule. At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understanding…

Kabila is dead - Long live Kabila? Prospects for stability and recovery in the DRC

"This report examines the prospects for recovery in the DRC through a background description of the Congo during the two stages of Kabila's rule. The current economic environment and reforms is discussed and the posibility of political stability, ec…

Zaire: Continuing world headache

This paper discusses the situation in Zaire, where economic and political disaster is evident. Zaire is bounded by nine African countries and richer in resources than any other country in Africa, but it is alos deeply in debt perhaps as a result of …

Price power: China's role in the telecommunications sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mobile phone in Africa is by far the most used means of communication as fixed line coverage is still weak. The ITU reported that 90% of all African subscribers today use mobile phones. Chinese investment in African telecommunications and inform…

EISA Observer Mission Report Democratic Republic of the Congo presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections: National Assembly and first round presidential elections (30 July 2006); Provincial assembly and second round presidential elections (29 Oc

"This report sums up the main observations, findings and conclusions of the EISA Missions and makes appropriate recommendations to the relevant stakeholders in the DRC for further improvements. The report will be shared with all electoral stakeholde…

EISA Observer Mission Report D R Congo The 2005 Constitutional Referendum in the DRC 18-19 December 2005

"This report outlines the EISA Observer Mission's assessment, findings and analysis of the referendum process in all its phases, specifically the pre-polling, polling and counting phases, as well as the post-referendum phase that includes the announ…

Conflict in the DRC: a critical assessment of the Lusaka ceasefire agreement

"This report provides a brief background to the conflict in the DRC as it erupted in 1998. It also briefly examines the pre-negotiation stages, which ultimately led to the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement. The Agreement itself is assessed in terms of its …

Governance Quality and Government Commitment to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper investigates the relationship between the existing quality of a country’s political and economic governance and it’s government’s decision whether or not to participate in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership f…

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, politi…

Parties and Political Transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"The aim of this research report is to try and understand the political parties in the DRC revealing how their history, nature, structures, functioning and processes impact on democratic governance in the country. Three categories of weakness emerge…

Election Update 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo No 1

This election update provides an in-depth insight into the pre-election period. Subjects covered are among other, transition to democracy, peace process, history of elections, preparedness of the Electoral Management Body and Civil Society Organiza…

Election Update 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo No 2

"This Update examines the following aspects of the DRC’s 2006 general elections i.e. polling stations, secrecy of the ballot, voting process, citizen participation and voting behaviour."

The Southern African Development Community (SADC): Heading North?

The focus of this paper is the economic development of the countries in the SADC region, and the influence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the SADC region. It describes the reign of Mobuto and the collapse of the infrastructure in the Con…

Democracy and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This paper describes the transitional phase of The Democratic Republic of the Congo from war torn country to democracy with Kabila as the leader of the people. However Kabila was blamed for a number of atrocities and the Western powers turned agains…

The State of the Media in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"This paper provides an overview of the state of the media in the DRC and the role it is playing in the current transition. What has emanated from this study is that the media in the DRC is faced with serious challenges. Its contribution to the tr…

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