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2016-06-16

The DRC has a bad reputation when it comes to gender equality and respect for women’s rights. Until now, the donor community and international media have mostly been focusing on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the eastern part of the country, which has suffered from two decades of armed conflict. In 2010, a speech by the then United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the…

2016-07-05

La RDC a mauvaise réputation pour ce qui est de l’égalité de genre et du respect des droits des femmes. A ce jour, les bailleurs de fonds et les médias internationaux se sont focalisés sur les violences sexuelles et sexistes (VSS) dans l’est du pays, région qui a subi deux décennies de conflit armé. En 2010, une allocution de Margot Wallström, alors Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général…

2016-09-29

Land disputes are considered both key sources and perpetuating factors of conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Over the years, scholars and practitioners have identified a number of critical land-related factors contributing to violence and conflict. These include a considerable diversity of forms of land governance that are fostered by: the existence of overlapping…

2016-04-26

Pendant la Seconde Guerre du Congo (1998–2003), le gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et la société civile congolaise ont tenté, avec le soutien de partenaires internationaux, de venir à bout des cycles consécutifs de mobilisation armée. Parmi les différents efforts de paix, l’une des stratégies clés a toujours été celle du désarmement, de la démobilisation et de la…

2016-02-10

In recent years Somalia has earned the ignominy of being ranked ‘one of the worst places in the world to be a woman’, the worst place on Earth to be a mother and ‘one of the worst places in the world to be a child.’ Contributing factors cited include high female illiteracy, widespread Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early and forced marriage, high levels of maternal and infant mortality,…

2017-05-17

In April 2015, protests erupted in Burundi when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s sought a third term in office. Protestors claimed this was contrary to the country’s constitution, but the constitutional court sided with Nkurunziza. After an attempted coup in May 2015, the government started arresting those it thought responsible. The political conflict that followed has spiralled into a…

2016-10-31

Dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), les litiges fonciers sont considérés à la fois comme une source majeure et un facteur important de conflit. Au fil du temps, les chercheurs et les praticiens ont identifié plusieurs facteurs liés à la terre qui contribuent à la violence et au conflit. Parmi ceux-ci figure une grande diversité de formes de gouvernance foncière, rendue…

2017-03-07

The Rift Valley Institute’s study on the impact of war on Somali men looks into a previously under-researched set of questions: What are the enduring effects of more than two decades of war and violent conflict on Somali men and male youth, and what are the consequences of this for peace, stability and Somali society in general? The project’s inception phase charted what it means to be male in…

2018-03-20

La police étant l’une des principales institutions de l’État, il est impossible de la réformer sans améliorer considérablement le cadre de gouvernance plus général dans lequel elle s’inscrit. Tout en reconnaissant ce défi systémique majeur, le présent document suggère qu’une réforme de la police pourrait permettre de tirer des avantages certes modestes mais efficaces. En mettant l’accent sur…

2018-03-16

Security sector reform has been a central component of post-conflict reconstruction and development programmes, and the restoration of state authority since the 1990s. However, these reforms have rarely been successful in the long run. Studies of reform efforts offer a range of explanations for these disappointing results, including: reform efforts taking a top-down approach or being too donor…