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‘It’s not all about the land’: Land disputes and conflict in eastern Congo

‘It’s not all about the land’: Land disputes and conflict in eastern Congo Mathys, G. and Vlassenroot, K. (2016) Policy points: • There is a need for better donor coordination and more coherent land governance interventions which should be integrated into larger state-building efforts. Note: This briefing paper is part of the outputs from PSRP’s […]

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Women, Conflict and Public Authority in the Congo

Women, Conflict and Public Authority in the Congo Cuvelier, J. and Bashwira, M.-R. (2016) Key points: • Congolese women are involved in the exercise of local public authority and thus not entirely absent from political arena. • Women’s organisations do not have unequivocal positive effects on peace and stability and women’s inclusion alone does not […]

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Recycling Rebels? Demobilization in the Congo

Recycling Rebels? Demobilization in the Congo Vogel, C. and Musamba J. (2016) Policy points: • Political roots of armed mobilization remain largely unaddressed casting doubt over whether the third major national disarmament , demobilization and reintegration programme (DDR III) can be successful. • DDR III needs to be more closely coordinated with the wider political […]

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The Ebb and Flow of Stabilization in the Congo

The Ebb and Flow of Stabilization in the Congo De Vries, H. (2016) Policy points: • The revised International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (I4S) is not being engaged with by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). • It is time for partners and the MONUSCO to engage with and embrace I4S. Note: […]

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Understanding Armed Group Proliferation in the Eastern Congo

Understanding Armed Group Proliferation in the Eastern Congo Verweijen, J. and Wakenge, C. I. (2015) Policy points: • The armed group landscape in eastern Congo is increasingly fragmented. • There is a need to devise policies focusing primarily on armed groups and their political-economic support networks. This should be accompanied by army reform and measures […]

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A Microcosm of Militarization: Conflict, Governance, and Armed Mobilization in Uvira, South Kivu

A Microcosm of Militarization: Conflict, Governance, and Armed Mobilization in Uvira, South Kivu Verweijen, J. (March 2016) Policy points: • To sustainably demilitarize Uvira, it is necessary to defuse conflicts related to customary authority, weaken armed groups and their civilian support networks, and improve security management and regulation of local defence forces. • It is […]

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Civil Society, Conflict Transformation, and Peace Building – a Christian Aid Ireland Learning Paper

Civil Society, Conflict Transformation, and Peace Building – a Christian Aid Ireland Learning Paper Witt, F. and Balfe, K. (February 2016) Abstract: Tackling Violence and Building Peace” became a strategic priority for Christian Aid globally in 2012. Violence is a prime agent of poverty, capable of wiping out years of development and destroying thriving societies. […]

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Contesting Authority: Armed Rebellion and Military Fragmentation in Walikale and Kalehe, North and South Kivu

Contesting Authority: Armed Rebellion and Military Fragmentation in Walikale and Kalehe, North and South Kivu Vlassenroot, K., Mudinga, E. and Hoffmann K. (July 2016) Policy points: • It is essential to address the civilian support networks of armed groups. • It is also important to deal with the structural causes of militarization and to promote […]

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Stable Instability: Political Settlements and Armed Groups in the Congo

Stable Instability: Political Settlements and Armed Groups in the Congo Verweijen, J. (September 2016) Policy points: • An equilibrium needs to be found between addressing the structural dynamics that feed into armed mobilization and dealing with the active armed groups. • It is necessary to empower peaceful civilian actors and include them in decision-making processes […]

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