Past eventResearch Event

Governing the DRC: Balancing Local, Provincial and National Concerns

2 December 2015 - 15:00 to 16:00

Chatham House, London


HE Augustin Matata Ponyo, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme



While big-picture national dynamics have dominated international attention on the Democratic Republic of Congo, the creation of 21 new provinces in 2015 has had a more immediate impact on Congolese citizens’ experiences of governance. Despite positive trends in economic growth fuelled by Chinese investment, significant political questions remain, particularly over constitutional reform and the timing of elections due to take place in 2016.

At this event Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo will reflect on the progress of decentralization and the status of local and provincial governance in the DRC, and will set out his thoughts on the country’s political and economic trajectory.