Conjonctures de l’Afrique centrale 2021

This volume of Conjonctures de l’Afrique centrale features seventeen chapters on Burundi, DRC and Rwanda and covers areas as diverse as elections, natural resource governance, the state, its performance and its contestation. Through an in-depth analysis of current realities in the region, this book aims to contribute to a better understanding of social, economic, political and societal dynamics in Central Africa.

Published in the collection "Cahiers Africains" of the Royal Museum for Central Africa by L'Harmattan (Paris), the new volume is available on the L'Harmattan website

All chapters are available on this website. 

2021 conjonctures de l'Afrique centrale (download the full pdf here)

Partie 1: Pandémie de la COVID-19

Partie 2: Politique et gouvernance

Partie 3: Ressources naturelles : minerais, forêts et terres

Partie 4: Société


Video presentations of the chapters:

  • Family farming put to the test of land competition in South Kivu | Dieudonné Bahati Shamamba, An Ansoms, Espoir Bisimwa Basengere & Philippe Lebailly

  • Agricultural workers: modern slaves or landless peasants? Plantations in South Kivu between the limits of the state regime and the prospect of a "common" freed from neopatrimonialist capture | Joël Baraka Akilimali

  • Mining and biodiversity: the case of Twangiza Mining eastern DRC | Legrand Cirimwami, Gabriel Baguma & Olivier Mushagalusa

  • Examining COVID-19 in the Great Lakes Region of Africa: Understanding real governance | An Ansoms, Anuarite Bashizi, Romuald Adili Amani, Joël Baraka Akilimali, Christian Chiza, Innocent Karangwe, Laurianne Mobali, Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga, David Mutabesha, Guillaume Ndayikengurutse, René-Claude Niyonkuru, Joseph Nsabimana, Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka & Emanuelle Piccoli

  • The "Kamwina Nsapu" phenomenon and the defiance towards the State in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo | Grégoire Ngalamulume Tshiebue

  • "I'm all about formality": bottom-up analysis of local justice practices in two provinces of the DRC | Julien Moriceau, Marcel Wetsh'okonda Koso, Ladislas de Coster & Janvier Koko Kirusha

  • Armed conflict and public authority in the DRC regarding the management of the environment by armed groups | Parfait Kaningu Bushenyula, Elisée Cirhuza Balolage, Emery Mudinga & Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka

  • Cultural beliefs and effectiveness on artisanal mining in DR Congo | Philippe Dunia Kabunga, Divin-Luc Bikubanya & Simon Marijsse

  • Media and armed conflict in the DRC: journalists in danger, journalism in the making | Pierre N'sana Bitentu

  • "Ensilence" and insecurity on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. An ethnography from the bottom of the political process in Burundi. | Aurore Vermylen & Julien Moriceau