Wrapping Up: DRC Series

28 February 2014 | ResolutionPossible

Thank you to all who have engaged with our latest series on the Democratic Republic of Congo. We set out to facilitate the exchange of perspectives and knowledge on the DRC by starting conversations, and we have been overwhelmed by your response. Those that have written contributions and interacted with us via the Website, Twitter, Facebook, SpringPad and LinkedIn have challenged perceptions and offered opportunities to increase our understanding. We thank you for this and we look forward to our next series on Rwanda and Burundi!

Map of the DRC- detailing natural resources. (Photo- UN)

Map of the DRC- detailing natural resources. (Photo- UN)

In case you missed any of the blogs in this series, here’s a brief recap:

1. We launched the series with a brief blog that detailed what we were going to look into and why. Check it out to see if it whets your appetite for debate!

2. The series continued by highlighting the DRC’s colonial history and explored its relevance in the region today.

3. Next we concentrated on Congo’s independence and the assassination of Congo’s first legally elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. His assassination is regarded as the most significant of its kind in the 20th century, and Lumumba’s legacy is considered still prevalent in the country.

4. We followed the Lumumba blog by exploring the UN’s military mandate in DRC and the reasons for how and why it has changed over the past decade.

5. Finally, we looked at the role of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, FARDC) in the Congo and the challenges that lie ahead of them, following the disarmament of M23.

The inevitable topic of ‘conflict minerals‘ came into the debate half-way through the series. We discussed the relevance of the mining industry to the current situation in DRC, in particular in relation to Chinese investment. Check out our Perspectives page to explore the external contributions we received during the series, and join the conversations on our Twitter, Facebook, Springpad and LinkedIn feeds.

Commentary-FinalResolution:Possible exists to explore and share information in hopes of gaining a better understanding of challenges like the ones highlighted throughout this series. The questions we raise are intended to be as fair and open as possible to encourage thoughtful reflection and constructive conversations, which we hope will spark ideas with the potential to change things for the better.

As always, we are keen to hear from you. What have we missed? Do you have a perspective to share, questions to add, or ideas to put on the table?

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Contributing writers/research for this series: Becky Dale, Hannah Caswell, Megan Setchell, Harriet Doughty and Becky Vaal

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