DR Congo

Beyond stabilisation: Understanding the Conflict Dynamics in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

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This report analyses large-scale conflicts in four territories in the provinces of North and South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It examines the causes and dynamics of the different types of conflicts and proposes intervention strategies that can reinforce the impact of peacebuilding actions, particularly in the new phase of the International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy. According to the research, these large-scale conflicts essentially revolve around land and power issues and often have an identity-based dimension. The analysis is based on documentation of conflicts undertaken by 15 peace committees in the framework of the ‘Tufaidike wote’ project, as well as field visits and meetings with civil society actors and local authorities.