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.
Women’s participation in land tenure and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo
This report is based on participatory research carried out in August 2017, across Ituri, Bas-Uélé and Haut-Uélé provinces of DRC, in 14 communities in Aru, Faradje, Dungu, Ango and Bondo territories. Research was conducted by a team of 27 researchers, composed primarily of youth and local civil society staff from Haut-Uélé and Ituri province. The research has also benefitted from the experience and learning of Conciliation Resources and partners working on Lord’s Resistance Army issues in DRC for over seven years.