Dancing on the razorblades of meaningful DDR in eastern DRC

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More and more weeks pass, but Congo’s new DDR efforts do not seem to move ahead. Awhile ago, I have tried to outline the main past failures and current challenges regarding sustainable demobilisation and reintegration efforts and ever since, the situation on the ground has grown more precarious. The Congolese government had finalised its new DDR … Continue reading

Without Precedent or Prejudice? UNSC Resolution 2098 and its potential implications for humanitarian space in Eastern Congo and beyond

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Without Precedent or Prejudice? UNSC Resolution 2098 and its potential implications for humanitarian space in Eastern Congo and beyond This article originally appeared in the Journal of Humanitarian Assistance in January 2014, co-written with Katharine Derderian and Aurelie Ponthieu (see http://sites.tufts.edu/jha/archives/2032). It is based on three months in-depth fieldwork in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Kinshasa, … Continue reading

A new phase of imponderability for the Congo conundrum

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While fake rumours about Kagame’s death made the news in Goma this week, lots of stuff is happening below the surface as the DRC enters the year 2014. As I have written a few days ago for Al Jazeera and on this site, M23’s defeat and subsequent demobilisation waves are likely not to be a panacea … Continue reading