Update on the DRC Transition: The Case of the Kivu Provinces

"The transitional process and peace building in the DRC are in a very difficult phase and there is no obvious – and certainly no easy – solution. The leadership of the country is divided along former belligerent lines but also between the formal TG and parallel informal structures. To deal with the country’s many problems, members of the TG need to work together and have clear objectives beyond the implementation of the accords and the constitution that guides the transition. These provide the framework for ending the war and a process leading to elections, but do not resolve the underlying issues. Unless the root causes are resolved, the environment will continue to provide fruitful ground for new rebellions. Alternatively, we could simply see a gradual disintegration of the DRC."