The new Security Council resolution 2277 on MONUSCO

A few hours ago, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted – under Angolan presidency – its resolution 2277 extending MONUSCO’s mandate for another year (the 17th) and outlining the grand lines of UN politics on the Congo for the coming twelve months, a period arguably to be marked by heavy contestation at various levels. … Continue reading

Congo, Elections, and the West: Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better?

Sourcing from myriad inspiration such as Burkina Faso (ousting of Blaise Compaoré) or Nigeria (transition from Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari), discussions over constitutional rule and term limits, have gained increasing traction in Africa’s Great Lakes where Burundi just lived through contested polls and elections are scheduled in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of … Continue reading

With or without elections, the electoral period has begun in Congo

The political earthquake that is the (self-)exclusion of the so-called G7 (a group of political heavyweights around Olivier Kamitatu, Pierre Lumbi, Kyungu wa Kumwanza, Charles Mwando Simba and other former government allies) marks the definite begin of an electoral period no one knows whether it actually will end with elections or not. After weeks of … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya II: Conclusion

Concluding remarks: On the emergence of essayists Jason Stearns   Over the past month, Amani Itakuya has published twenty five essays about the conflict in the Eastern Congo, a majority of which were penned by Congolese. In conclusion, it is worth thinking about the space that these essays have carved out. Political and social debate … Continue reading

AIII #25: The Potential of Coffee in eastern Congo

The Potential of Coffee in eastern Congo Baraka Kasali   The global academic and journalistic narrative about Congo has been filled with sexual violence, conflict minerals and an alphabet soup of armed groups identified by a corresponding alphabet soup of acronyms.  Yet the motors of insecurity should not only be interpreted in terms of physical violence and political instability. Another set of acronyms—ONC … Continue reading

AIII #23: Nord Kivu : Par un dialogue franc, la paix est possible à Pinga

Nord Kivu : Par un dialogue franc, la paix est possible à Pinga Cosmas Mungazi Par manque d’un médiateur neutre, les conflits ont persisté dans la zone de Pinga. Des ressortissants de cette cité ont été réunis à Goma par une organisation internationale pour la recherche d’une paix durable. Heureusement un acte de cessation des hostilités … Continue reading

AIII #21: Repenser la réinsertion des anciens combattants pour construire la paix à l’Est de la RDC

Repenser la réinsertion des anciens combattants pour construire la paix à l’Est de la RDC (photo par l’auteur) Umbo Salama Plusieurs organisations ont soutenu le processus de désarmement, démobilisation et réinsertion (DDR) des anciens combattants. Avec des financements des organismes internationaux ou du gouvernement congolais, ce processus a connu trop des ratés. En Avril 2004, … Continue reading

AIII #19: Après 10 ans d’exile, Sadiki retrouve sa famille

Après 10 ans d’exile, Sadiki retrouve sa famille (photo par l’auteur) Ley Uwera La guerre et les conditions de vie extrêmement difficiles poussent des milliers de familles congolaises à fuir en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Sadiki a 7 ans lorsque la guerre déclenchée par les rebelles du Congrès national pour la défense du peuple … Continue reading

AIII #22: Do the arts have a role to play in peacebuilding in Eastern Congo?

Do the arts have a role to play in peacebuilding in Eastern Congo? (picture by the author) Nadia Fazal In Goma, the slogan ‘art for peace’ has become mainstream in almost all arts-based activities (music festivals, theatre productions, dance competitions, film projections), including well-attended festivals such as Peace One Day and the Amani Festival. What … Continue reading

AIII #14: The social minefield of gold digging in Kamituga, South-Kivu

The social minefield of gold digging in Kamituga, South-Kivu (picture by the authors) Nik Stoop, Janvier Kilosho Buraye, and Marijke Verpoorten Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) is one of the most important livelihood strategies in DRC. A (gu)estimate by the World Bank puts employment in the artisanal mining sector in the range of 0.8 to … Continue reading