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Poverty amid plenty: structural violence and local governance in western Congo
Gaynor, Niamh
The protracted conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has drawn sharp criticism regarding the model of liberal peacebuilding employed in the country. Critics emphasise the importance of local ownership of peacebuilding mechanisms at sub-national as well as national levels. This raises questions in relation to the popular legitimacy and efficacy of local mechanisms. Drawing on field research conducted in the relatively affluent province of Bas-Congo in Western Congo, this article highlights a lack of popular legitimacy for provincial level political authority within the province stemming from an acute marginalisation of the population from local structures of power and wealth. The article also demonstrates the inefficacy of more local, village and neighbourhood-based political structures which, aimed at conflict mitigation rather than transformation, ignore the structural roots of local conflicts and do little to counteract the growing social distrust, conflict and disintegration within local communities.
Keyword(s): Political science; Public administration; Democratic Republic of Congo; structural violence; local governance; conflict; liberal peacebuilding
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Gaynor, Niamh ORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 <> (2015) Poverty amid plenty: structural violence and local governance in western Congo. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 33 (3). pp. 391-410. ISSN 0258-9001
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
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First Indexed: 2019-11-16 06:28:07 Last Updated: 2019-11-16 06:28:07