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23 Feb 2012 description

In today’s podcast, Ushahidi’s Heather Leson discusses her organization’s use of crisis mapping techniques and outlines how non-state actors are increasingly collaborating online to tackle issues traditionally managed by governments.

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21 Sep 2011 description

The social and political instability that contributes to broad instances of sexual assault also increases the rate of HIV transmission and hinders service accessibility. Experts agree that to effectively address HIV, programs must focus on sexual violence – a task easier said than done amidst the fog of war.

By Allyn Gaestel for ISN Insights

04 Aug 2011 description

Female child combatants - 40 percent of all child soldiers - often go overlooked. Greater attention is warranted to the gender-specific roles and challenges they face from combat to rehabilitation.

By Cassandra Clifford for ISN Insights

19 May 2011 description

In its 11th year of operation, internal cracks in the Kimberley Process are visible, as Zimbabwean, Ivorian and Congolese undocumented diamonds continue to trickle into the global market via third parties such as Mozambique.

By Michele Acuto for Diplomatic Courier (DC)

15 Feb 2011 description

The US has outlined a new strategy to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels into Ugandan society in an effort to bring peace and stability to the region.

13 Dec 2010 description

By targeting companies sourcing minerals from Congo, a new US bill seeks to reform a trade with links to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. But insiders worry the law will create a de facto embargo, putting tens of thousands out of work and fueling further violence.

By Jon Rosen for ISN Insights


When US President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July, the aim was to clean up American finance.

23 Aug 2010 description

As the Congolese celebrate 50 years of independence, the country's leaders are asking the UN mission to lower its profile despite concerns of a dangerous vacuum, David Patrikarakos writes for ISN Security Watch.

By David Patrikarakos in Kinkasha for ISN Security Watch

This year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence from Belgian rule. Fifty years on, the Congolese have been almost continually at war. In total, 5 million people are estimated to have died. Despite an official ceasefire they are still fighting now.

03 Sep 2009 description

As the Lord's Resistance Army steps up its brutality against civilians in response to failed peace talks and military efforts to end the violence, African governments seek to join forces against the group and the UN promises new peacekeeping mandates, Edoardo Totolo writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Edoardo Totolo for ISN Security Watch

After being chased out of Uganda in 2006, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) - a rebel group fighting for the establishment of a Bible-based theocracy in Uganda - has become a major threat for people living in the vast area between the …

11 Feb 2009 description

A new alliance between the DRC and Rwanda against rebel groups brings new threats and opportunities for peace in the Great Lakes Region, while illegal coltan mining continues to fund conflict, Edoardo Totolo writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Edoardo Totolo for ISN Security Watch

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is extremely rich in Coltan (Columbite-Tantalite), a rare metallic ore used for the production of electronic goods of mass consumption, such as mobile phones, laptops and videogame consoles, whose profits have fuelled the largest conflict in modern …

21 Feb 2007 description

The most commonly agreed upon definition of a child soldier is based on the "Cape Town Principles" from 1997 and describes a child soldier as "any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.

03 Nov 2006 description

With votes being counted in the second round of presidential elections in DRC, peace pledges by both candidates have not allayed fears of post-result violence.

By Simon Roughneen for ISN Security Watch (03/11/06)

As votes are being counted after a second round of presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), observers and citizens are hoping that the country's first democratic polls sine 1960 will finally renounce bloodshed and mark a transition from conflict to peace.

Observers and the country's Independent Electoral Commission reported that the second …

27 Jul 2006 description

Haunted by a violent and corrupt legacy, the Democratic Republic of Congo prepares for elections amid grave uncertainty.

07 Mar 2006 description

ISN SECURITY WATCH (Tuesday, 7 March: 15.45 CET) - EU defense ministers have failed to vote on whether to send troops for security during June elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling instead for more details on the proposed mission.