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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The DRC has been described as “a rich country of poor people”. It covers an area of 2,345,410 km². It has a population of some 89 million people and a surface area equivalent to that of Western Europe. It is the largest country by area in sub–Saharan Africa. Four national languages are recognised, but overall, more than 200 languages are spoken within its borders, albeit with varying reaches.
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Workers on the HCB oil palm plantations © H. Nicolaï, 1955. Courtesy: The Oakland Institute.

Colonialism Revamped in the Democratic Republic of Congo

21 April 2024

140 years ago this November at the Berlin Conference, Belgium’s King Leopold was recognized as the sole owner of the Congo Free State, a territory including the entirety of today’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Leopold’s reign was marked by slavery, millions of deaths, and widespread…

Call for applications: Africa consultancy roster

4 January 2024

Are you passionate about upholding Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IP&LC) rights and supporting the protection of forests and biodiversity and the governance of IPLC land and forests in the African continent?  

Mining and armed conflict threaten eastern DRC’s biodiversity in a complex web

12 January 2023

What happends when protected areas contain valuable strategic mineral deposits?

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While it is clear that there are deep seams of conflict shaping the history of the DRC, it has been argued that it is misleading to make this the primary lens through which to view land and resource disputes. Rather these need to be understood in relation to accelerating structural processes of exclusion and dispossession.

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Land Monitoring and the SDGs

Challenges and Opportunities in Monitoring Land Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

16 May 2023

Land is a finite resource, and access to it is essential for the livelihoods of individuals and communities. To ensure that access to land is secure and equitable for all, the United Nations has set the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1.4.2, which measures individuals' land tenure security, and…

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World Bank Climate Report Launch Webinar: Strengthening Land Tenure of Indigenous People and Local Communities in FCPF Countries

-This Event has ended -   Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) Online via Zoom This session will be interpreted in French and Spanish. Description: Strengthening Indigenous Land Tenure: A Critical Pillar of Climate Action   A prominent outcome of this year’s UN Climate…