Coming home: life after the LRA

In 2016, Dieudonné was kidnapped by a group of armed men as he returned home from working the fields with his family. Along with twenty five other young people from his village, he was forced to march to the training camp of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Creating safe spaces for youth to build peace

This year, the UN’s International Youth Day is championing safe spaces for youth - places where young people can come together, express themselves, and participate in decision making. In peacebuilding, creating these safe spaces is a vital first step in allowing young people to share their experiences of conflict, and work towards achieving a more peaceful future.

Coming home: supporting LRA returnees in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the last ten years, around 7,600 people have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army. Our partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are helping those returning from captivity to reconnect with their communities and lead local peacebuilding initiatives.

Unable to stay in place

Nov 2017
Unable to stay in place
Following the withdrawal of African Union forces from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), armed group activities have intensified in the area. Rising insecurity has complicated freedom of movement and agricultural practices. This has constrained land access and ownership which uniquely impacts women and other socially excluded groups. This policy brief provides a set of recommendations to increase security and land access and ownership among women and marginalised groups.

Underlying tensions

Nov 2017
In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.

Helping young people find paths away from violence: Albert Atama

Albert Atama lives in Aru, a territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Uganda and South Sudan. The region has long been affected by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), which moves between the porous borders of the three countries.

Supporting young people to prevent conflict in the DRC

Conciliation Resources has embarked on a new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which aims to strengthen young people’s involvement in conflict prevention in areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Strengthening women’s peace roles in East and Central Africa

Work has begun on a new Conciliation Resources project, which aims to increase women’s participation in local, national and cross-border peacebuilding efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.