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SA’s Post-Conflict Development and Peacebuilding Experiences in the DRC Lessons Learnt

"This policy brief analyses South Africa’s post-conflict development and peacebuilding engagements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It identifies lessons learnt that could inform the policy and programming development of the envisaged S...

We Need to Do Better, and We Can: One Group Surrendering is Hardly a Return to Peace and Prosperity

"There is no bigger challenge facing humanity than how to build lasting peace in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite the military defeat of the rebel M23 by forces led by the Congolese army and the United Nations Intervention B...

Of Rent Seekers and Agencies: Insurgencies and Arms Proliferation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

"This policy brief examines rent-seeking and agency activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa, with particular emphasis on Zaire/Congo and the Central Africa Republic (CAR). The brief contends that insurgencies and arms proliferations are a b...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 13, no. 2, 2013

The first article “Conflict and conflict resolution in Africa: Engaging the colonial factor” seeks to understand the ineffectiveness of efforts at conflict management in overcoming the disasters that brought the conflicts to the African continent....

Genre et Performance Entrepreneuriale en République Démocratique du Congo / Gender and Entrepreneurial Performance in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"This Policy Brief explores the role of gender in the entrepreneurial performance in Democratic Republic of the Congo. It assesses the influence of gender on business performance while identifying differentiating factors between male and female en...

Accords de Partenariat Economique et Système de Taxation des Importations des Entreprises au Congo-Brazzaville / Economic Partnership Agreements and System of Taxation of Imports of Companies in Congo-Brazzaville

"The European Union (EU) and the seventy-seven ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific), including Congo-Brazzaville, are currently negotiating the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with the aim of creating a free trade area, to be in a...

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2014

In ‘Has the Rise of China in Africa made Democratisation Less Likely?’ the article draws on Denis Tull’s insightful framework for thinking about Chinese activities in Africa to demonstrate the need for greater nuance in the way we assess China’s i...

AGC-PAC Field Report: Technical Intervention Assessment PAC ASM Gold Project (PPA)

"The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) was contracted by PAC to help with their gold project in the DRC with the aim of helping create incentives for artisanal miners to produce gold responsibly and to sell it through a legal transparent supply chain ...

Responsible Sourcing of Artisanal Gold in Eastern DRC: Pilot Status and Planning

"This report is the second in an on-going series detailing progress in our pilot project aimed at certifying and exporting conflict-free artisanal gold from the Eastern DRC. Key elements of this report detail the results of the site selection and ...

Tracking, Certifying, and Exporting Artisanal Gold from Eastern DRC

"This project aims to formalise and register artisanal gold producers in Orientale province, where the bulk of the DRC’s gold is produced. By linking artisanal producers with buyers in a closed pipe chain, the project will create a fully transpare...

Conflict-Prone Minerals in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

"The Great Lakes Region of Africa is abundant in natural resources, including high-valued minerals. For decades these minerals have been used by artisanal miners in the Great Lakes Region of Africa as a primary source of income.Over one million ...

Diamond Industry Annual Review: Democratic Republic of Congo 2004

"This Review demonstrates some of problems in tracking simple things like the ownership of diamond firms operating in the DRC. When a corporate ownership trail leads from the DRC to Montreal, Panama and then to Israel, and when even simple que...

PME et Innovation : une Analyse Comparative Entre le Cameroun, le Congo et la RDC / SMEs and Innovation: a Comparative Analysis between Cameroon, Congo and DRC

"This work aims to identify the determinants of innovation in SMEs in Brazzaville(Congo), Douala(Cameroon) and Kinshasa(DRC). It is based on a joint survey conducted among 256 SMEs of the above mentioned cities, 100 SMEs in Brazzaville, 56 in Doua...

Limits to Supporting Security Sector Interventions in the DRC

Since 2003, the international community has invested considerable resources in keeping the peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This paper looks at the ways in which the armed forces and local community interact. It also examines the ...

Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold

"This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the linkage between the conflicts in the Kivus and persistent periodic instability in the DRC. It delves into and critiques post-crisis recovery efforts implemented in the country since t...

Ten Years after Humanitarian Reform: How have IDPs Fared?

This study assessed whether institutional reforms of the humanitarian system have improved IDP protection and assistance. It was also determined what the extent was to which national authorities are protecting and assisting IDPs within their bord...

A Critical Analysis of Human Rights Due Diligence Processes in Mineral Supply Chains: Conflict Minerals in the DRC

This paper seeks to examine the challenges in developing and applying human rights due diligence processes in the mineral supply chains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, and particularly its eastern region, is endowed with v...

The DRC and its Neighbourhood: The Political Economy of Peace

"On 24 February 2013, 11 African countries signed the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement designed to bring peace to the Great Lakes Region, in particular the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has been in the grip of armed confli...

Strengthening Women’s Skills in Peace Building and Conflict Transformation

The current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains highly unstable, particularly the eastern part of the country which includes north and south Kivu Provinces continue to suffer from recurring cycles of conflict and persistent...

Congo : Is Democratic Change Possible ?

This report analyses the tense context in which the upcoming elections are to take place. Several risks are identified, linked to the sudden developments in the decentralisation process, the slow and non-consensual preparation of an overly ambit...

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