Thinking and Working Politically in Protracted Conflict: Distrust and Resistance to Change in the DRC

This paper examines the international intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how perceptions are getting in the way of progress towards peace.

It argues that actors need to think and work politically to address sources of distrust and make positive, long-term change happen. However, for politically informed programming to be effectively implemented, donors need to understand that external intervention (and intervenors) are part of the political economy of Congolese conflict, and that local perceptions of international intervenors (and vice versa) have themselves become barriers to peace.

The paper discusses how international interventors can overcome mistrust and respond to potential spoilers.

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Friday 1st March 2019

DLP is looking for a Program Manager for a new three-year phase of research on how leadership can support development in Asia and the Pacific.

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Tackling violence in the DRC: new papers discuss ways forward

Tuesday 18th December 2018

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares for tense presidential elections, two new papers unpack some of the drivers of the prolonged conflict and insecurity in the eastern provinces.

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