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Title:Poverty amid plenty: structural violence and local governance in western Congo
Author:Gaynor, NiamhISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
local government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2015.1107287
Abstract: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. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]