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Photo taken in DRC by Julien Harneis CC BY-SA 2.0 - child holding a yellow sheet

What are the drivers of child homelessness in the DRC?

18 August 2020

Like many cities in the DRC, a walk through Goma’s streets reveals children employing various coping strategies for survival.

Photo by uncoveredlens on Pexels

Tackling the persistence and causes of child marriages in Goma, DRC

17 August 2020

Forced child marriages are often a lifeline for struggling low-income families in the DRC, but they have serious consequences for young girls.

Image of a group of adults learning in a classroom in Burundi, taken January 2009

Should Burundians care about English as a global language?

11 August 2020

Arcade Nduwimana discusses linguistic politics and limited fluency of English in Burundi.

Lady on the back of a motorbike with her baby. Photo by Random Institute on Unsplash

Are Goma’s motorcycle taxi drivers heroes or villains?

7 August 2020

Samuel Muhindo analyses the role that motorcycle taxi drivers play in securing their clients’ security in the city of Goma.

A women in DRC carrying vegetables by Axel Fassio/CIFOR, licensed under creative commons.

Savings groups can tackle financial precarity in Goma’s woman-headed households

8 July 2020

What are the origins, operations and impact of AVECs on Goma’s low-income women-headed households?

Photo: Astrid Jamar – Gitega, Burundi in 2013

The Burundian drum is at a crossroads between heritage and commodification

25 June 2020

This blog argues restrictions on who can engage in drumming in Burundi have caused it to lose its identity as an 'inclusive practice valuable to world heritage'.

Image of DFiD aid tent in Haiti earthquake relief effort

The latest significant step in the UK’s development agenda

22 June 2020

Economists Professor Susan Newman and Dr Sara Stevano analyse the merger of DFID and the FCO.


Workers tending land in Uganda, by Gregoire Dubois

Can migrants and refugees be regional residents in the Great Lakes region?

17 June 2020

Lisa Damon discusses the lived histories of Barundi who have made Uganda their home over generations.

‘Clashes in Burundi’, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic is licensed under creative commons (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Protests in Burundi are about more than asserting political pressure

12 June 2020

As part of the OU-funded Idjwi Series, Jean-Paul Nizigiyimana explores the various overlapping motivations of protesters who have claimed the streets of Burundi’s capital over the last 30 years.

UNHCR refugee hut. Photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh. Lusenda refugee camp, South Kivu Province, Burundi

What Burundi teaches us about political crisis and displacement

3 June 2020

Based on research insights shared at the Burundi Research Network Conference in Nairobi in July 2019, Andrea Purdeková invites us to reverse the mainstream relationship between empirics and theory.

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