Stabilising the Congo

Dec. 12, 2011, 4:11 p.m.

Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre released a brief on stabilization efforts in the DRC criticizing the use of stabilization techniques as inadequate  and technocratic. The report calls for a more direct approach to reforming flawed political and economic systems. More information can be found here.

The path forward will not be an easy one, but if stability is to become a reality in the  Congo, then international actors must reorient their approach in the immediate post-election period with a set of comprehensive policy initiatives. Underpinning this new  approach must be the recognition that the problems facing the Congo are ultimately political and not technical. As such, donors should – in conjunction with the Congolese – develop comprehensive interventions that proceed from political-economic analysis  and avoid technocratic tinkering. The Congolese government must show leadership in
reforming state institutions and in the design of a comprehensive solution to conflict that involves stakeholders at the local, provincial and national level, and that addresses the various political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of violence.

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