Category: Democratic Republic of the Congo

‘Africa Rising’ – or reeling?

     

For decades Africa was eager for a new narrative, and in recent years it got a snappy one. The Economist published a cover story titled “Africa Rising.” A Texas business… Read more »

How to change DRC’s political trajectory

     

Changing the political trajectory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will require altering the political calculus of President Joseph Kabila which underpins the systematic efforts he is making to… Read more »

Internet blackouts increasingly linked in African elections

     

It’s becoming commonplace in many African nations: as an election approaches, the internet goes dark. Gabon is the latest country to employ internet censorship during a closely contested election, but… Read more »

DRC ‘at a precipice’

     

Pro-democracy activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Lutte pour Le Changement (Lucha) movement have called for nationwide protests to demand that President Joseph Kabila steps down from power… Read more »

Crowdfunding: just one option to save independent journalism

     

The media crackdown in Turkey is a major story that should make us appreciate the countless unsung reporters and editors worldwide who struggle every day to practice good journalism, no… Read more »

Challenge the narratives of civil society ‘demonization’

     

Civil society groups have been subject to “widespread demonization” recent years, and 2015 was a “dismal one for civil society around the world,” according to a report by an international… Read more »

DRC test for sanctions policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

     

Concerned over Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s apparent attempts to cling to power, U.S. officials are pushing for sanctions against his inner circle but running into opposition from European powers wary… Read more »