Main takeaways of the new Group of Experts report

This year’s final report of the UN group of expert monitoring the Democratic Republic of the Congo has just been released As in previous years, it contains a lot of important and relevant information on current developments in the country. In terms of armed groups, FDLR and ADF are under increased scrutiny like in previous years, … Continue reading

Mining cooperatives (Suluhu Working Paper 1)

(ENGLISH BELOW) Comme de nombreux observateurs intéressés le savent, il n’est toujours facile de démêler la dynamique complexes politiques, sociales et économiques dans la région des Grands Lacs de l’Afrique, en particulier en République Démocratique du Congo (DRC/RDC). Dans cette région, marquée par les conflits récurrents et l’insécurité, un travail minutieux et à long terme est souvent … Continue reading

Rift Valley Courses 2016

In roughly, two months, the Rift Valley Institute – a London- and Nairobi-based non-profit think tank – will launch yet another series of its annual ‘field courses’, intense one-week summer schools on three of the institute’s core areas of research: the Horn of Africa, the Sudans, and the African Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes course … 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 #7: Un nouveau type de développement local pour un approfondissement des institutions démocratiques en RD Congo

Un nouveau type de développement local pour un approfondissement des institutions démocratiques en RD Congo (photo par l’auteur) Prosper Hamuli Birali Dès la première quinzaine de cette année 2015, le gouvernement national annonce une activité qui va dans le sens de son discours dominant. Selon la Radio onusienne OKAPI «Une conférence sur la croissance économique … Continue reading

Mathematiques Congolaises?

In 2008, Congolese writer In Koli Jean Bofane wrote a marvelous yet frightening novel on Kinshasa politics and the machinery of power in DRC. He follows protagonist Celio in his way from oscillating debroulliardeur to conspicious spin doctor involved in major media politics and spectacular coups in a pre-electoral Kinshasa that resembles to some part … Continue reading

Gouvernance à la frontière Goma – Gisenyi : A qui profite le désordre organisé?

Gouvernance à la frontière Goma – Gisenyi : A qui profite le désordre organisé? Par Blaise Muhire Introduction Entre 2010 et 2013, des efforts conjoints entre l’organisation International Alert avec l’appui du Gouvernement norvégien, à travers son Ministère des affaires étrangères et la Banque Mondiale en la collaboration avec le Gouvernement provincial du Nord-Kivu ont … Continue reading

Argumentative techniques in the ‘conflict minerals’ debate

The Enough Project, one of the major lobbyists in favour of Dodd Frank Section 1502, has gathered 27 other signatories to co-publish another reply (after 28 Congolese Kivutian civil society organisations and PACT) to the open letter published by 72 Congolese and international stakeholders in September 2014 (For further details, see – among many others … Continue reading

Enough Project reply to the open letter on ‘conflict minerals’

The Enough Project, one of the major lobbyists in favour of Dodd Frank Section 1502, has gathered 27 other signatories to co-publish another reply (after 28 Congolese Kivutian civil society organisations and PACT) to the open letter published by 72 Congolese and international stakeholders in September 2014 (For further details, see – among many others … Continue reading