About the event
At the end of November, the RSC hosted a two-day experts workshop on conflict and forced migration in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The event was generously funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (DRC office) and DFID.
Fifty practitioners, academics and policymakers from the DRC and beyond explored the relation between conflict, displacement, the return of populations and the interaction between armed actors and civilians.
Policy suggestions to end the vicious cycle of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence and displacement emanating from FMR 36 and the workshop were presented and discussed in the DRC. A debate held at the French Embassy in Kinshasa on 22 February was attended by 120 people including the Congolese Minister of Social and Humanitarian Affairs. The RSC delegation held various meetings with government officials, UN and local organisations in Goma and Bukavu as well.