DRC: News and analysis on conflict, mining and armed groups

Radio Okapi
Funded by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC and the French publisher L’Hirondelle, Radio Okapi is the only radio station with a nation-wide transmission network. More importantly for outside observers, its website is the best news source of independent information on the Congo—be it politics, economics, or sports.
This Belgian site groups DRC-relevant national and international news from multiple French, Dutch and English-speaking news agencies and papers and handily classifies all articles according to their genre. Congo Forum is the one-click option for those who want to remain on top of the media on the DRC.
Congo Mines
Maintained by the Carter Centre’s office in Katanga, Congo mines unites hundreds of documents related to industrial mining in the DRC––from annual reports, independent research and maps to contracts and legislation to taxation and revenues—no small feat in a country in which mining deals are one of the state’s best kept secrets. A minor downside: due to the focus on industrial mining, Katanga receives almost all the attention.
UN Group of Experts reports
Since 2012, when the UN Group of Experts on the DRC published an addendum to its interim report dedicated to the M23 armed rebellion, its work has been the centre of heated debates on its methodology and objectivity. While there is surely no harm in a sober scrutiny of the reports, its research remains the most comprehensive source on conflict in the eastern DRC.
This blog’s author, Jason Stearns is a specialist on conflict and armed groups in the DRC and director of the RVI’s Usalama Project. While scrutinising Congolese politics in general, there is a concentration on unravelling the many layers of conflict in the east. He quotes the musician Kofi Olomide: ‘Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs, but gets here eventually.’ This is a blog with little competition in its field.
Le blog de Jean-Mobert N'Senga!
Named after its author, Jean-Mobert N’Senga, this blog is a brave exercise in freedom of speech–and one of the very few written by a young Congolese. N’senga, a lawyer from Goma, North Kivu, is an activist and political analyst who is not afraid to speak against any signs of national and international incompetence in the DRC. Refreshing to the outside reader, dangerous for him––due to anonymous threats he received in April 2013, N’senga had to temporarily take down his blog.
Named after Mobutu’s infamous ‘Article Fifteen’ which called every Congolese to ‘se débrouiller’ (manage on his own), this blog on the observations of a young French UN-worker formerly based in Kinshasa and now in Goma comes with a good dose of self-irony and sarcasm, while maintaining a critical analysis. It covers everything from sports and music to politics and wildlife.