The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

Image: Flickr, Grey World
Image: Flickr, Grey World

On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule.

At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understanding, internal cohesion and responsible behaviour. At this landmark point in its postcolonial trajectory, the DRC needs to confront the old wounds that are continuing to create new policy challenges in its complex political–economic environment. This briefing addresses some of the salient domestic and foreign policy issues facing the country at this stage, namely the consolidation of borders, the pursuit of territorial integrity, the need to develop governance structures in areas where the state remains weak, and the continuing conflict that is impacting on resource extraction.

12 Aug 2010

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SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 22, August 2010
Sub-Saharan Africa
Democratic Republic of Congo
SAIIA Programme
Governance of Africa’s Resources
Colonial Rule, independence
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