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The Role of Inclusive Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Enhancing Conflict Transformation in the Great Lakes

'Cyclical conflicts which continue to plague the Great Lakes region of Africa necessitate a reflection on the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. While many reasons account for this, without knowledge of triggers of relapse into conflict,…

Conflict-Prone Minerals in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

There is an abundance of natural resources situated in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, including high-valued minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are important components of everyday products like cell phones, iPods, refrigerat…

War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region

The seminar, discussed in this paper, brought together about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lakes, and considered seven broad them…

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region

Several recommendations emerged from the Franschhoek policy advisory group seminar of May 2015. Autocratic governance structures throughout the Great Lakes region hinder national socio-economic progress, and have spread instability. Regional states …

War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region

This policy research seminar was held in Cape Town, from 19 to 20 March 2016 and convened about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lak…

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region

In May 2015, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together 30 mostly African policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the major obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lakes …

Promoting Peace in the Great Lakes Region: What are the Other Options?

The current political tension between Burundi and Rwanda has not only proven to be a threat to economic activities and human lives. It equally has the greater danger of escalating into a sub-regional crisis in the East African Community (EAC) (here…

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 byp…

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 transparent…

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 ar…

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 the…

Contraband Gold in the Great Lakes Region - In Region Cross Border Gold Flows Versus Out-Region Smuggling

The legal and illegal gold flows were examined in this study which takes place within the ICGLR Region and from the ICGLR Region to the United Arab Emirates, the principal import destination for ASM gold from the ICGLR Region. The study found that i…

Africa Mediators’ Retreat 2013

"This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat. The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat, which brings together experienced peacemaking actors to discuss conflict-related issues rele…

Chain of Custody Tracking Baseline Evaluation Rwanda

"This Baseline Evaluation assesses the tracking mechanisms deployed on three Rwandese supply chains: Chain of Custody 1: Rutongo Mines to Phoenix Metal Export (who has partially deployed the Met Trak tracking system, as well as the ITSCI system); C…

The MetTrak System at Rutongo: A Preliminary Assessment

"This report is a preliminary evaluation conducted by Partnership Africa Canada of a new digital tracking technology for conflict minerals currently operational at the Rutongo Mines site in Rwanda. This is the first time this technology has been a…

When refugees cannot return home: A conflict conundrum in Africa’s Great Lakes region

"The large number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Great Lakes region poses immense challenges to peacebuilding processes within the countries affected, as well as in that entire conflict system. An influx of refugees impac…

Protecting the rights of women through community-focused approaches to strengthening gender in African peace support operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic

"Gender is increasingly becoming an integral consideration in peace processes, as called for in the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, adopted in 2000 as the first ever formal women, peace and security resolution passed by the …

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region as a peacebuilding instrument for civil society organisations

"This policy paper examines the prospective role of civil society organisations (CSOs) within the mechanisms and structures of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which was created to address conflict challenges faced by…

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2016

In ‘Conflict in the Great Lakes Region: Root Causes, Dynamics and Effects’ the Great Lakes Region constitutes a complex network of political and economic interactions with significant implications for peace, security and governance. It is also a reg…

Peace Building in Africa: Bridging Theory and Practice

"Peacebuilding in Africa: Bridging Theory and Practice took place in Bujumbura, Burundi, at the end of November 2012. Over the course of three days, the conference gathered together peacebuilding practitioners and scholars from the Great Lakes and H…

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