Since the signing of the Addis Ababa Peace Agreement in February 2013, the Great Lakes Region has received a lot of attention from the international community. At the same time, the new UN Stabilisation Plan for Eastern DRC will focus more on the root causes of conflict, and will advocate for a multi-level, long-term peacebuilding approach. Both processes constitute opportunities and threats to the stability of the Region.
On 29 May the Great Lakes Policy Forum in Washington DC explored the possibilities of in-depth, long-term conflict transformation, while exposing possible dangers of the renewed international attention. Held at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the forum was addressed by LPI’s country director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pieter Van Holder, and Refugees International’s director of programmes, Andrea Lari. Mike Jobbins from the Search for Common Ground was the forum moderator.
A policy brief based on LPI’s presentation at the forum is available here.