Negotiating Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Panellists will reflect on the potential for a negotiated settlement in response to armed group violence in eastern DRC.

Research event, Webinar Recording
24 January 2024 — 1:00PM TO 2:30PM

Event video

Panellists discuss Congolese armed groups, patterns of violence and motivations.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is facing one of the world’s most serious humanitarian crises, with more than six million internally displaced persons due to a multi-faceted conflict that threatens stability across a huge area of the African continent. Shifting armed groups have put down deep roots since the end of the Second Congo War and are locked into repeating patterns of violence. There have been multiple unsuccessful attempts to find a sustainable peace since the end of the post-war transition in 2006, including demobilization programmes, stabilization approaches, and local peacebuilding.

The sole large-scale effort towards negotiated settlement was the Goma Peace Conference of 2008, which resulted in short-lived agreements and no sustainable change on the ground. The Nairobi process, launched in 2022 under the auspices of Kenya and the East African Community (EAC), was the first attempt to shape a comprehensive peace process in nearly 15 years, but it too has now stalled.

At this webinar, panellists discuss: 

  • Congolese armed groups, patterns of violence and motivations.

  • History of Congolese peace processes.

  • Facilitation and organisation of negotiated processes in Africa.

The event will be broadcast live via the Africa Programme Facebook page.

The event is part of a funded project supported by the United Nations Development Programme.

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