New Approaches to Stabilization: Lessons from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

How to bring fragile states out of conflict and towards peace?

Participants in a work shop organised under the stabilisation plan for the Eastern DRC (photo: Randi Solhjell)

Increasingly UN peacekeeping operations are given the mandate to stabilise regions or countries, be it Somalia, Mali and the Sahel region or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Both policy makers and practitioners struggle to agree on what stabilization means and to identify best practices. Strategies for helping fragile states out of conflict and towards peace is a central concern of Norwegian foreign and development policy and will also be addressed in the white paper Veivalg” currently prepared by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Launching their NORDEM policy paper "New Strategies for Old Conflicts? Lessons in Stabilisation from the Democratic Republic of Congo" Madel Rosland and Randi Solhjell are arguing for a new approach to stabilisation and peace building efforts. The two former NORDEM secondees to the UN operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) will share their experiences from the eastern Congo, and present new approaches to stabilization. Lessons learned from the first phases of MONUSCO's work have shaped a new approach that involves communities and authorities in identifying and addressing the roots of conflict. A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NUPI researcher Morten Bøås will comment the presentation.

A light lunch will be served.

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Published May 23, 2016 11:16 AM - Last modified June 7, 2016 9:07 AM