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The Democratic Republic of the Congo – Problems, Progress and Prospects

Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg (eds.)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Problems, Progress and Prospects
La République Démocratique du Congo: Problèmes, Progrès et Perspectives

LIT Publishers, Berlin 2016

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About the Book

This interdisciplinary volume brings together sixteen English and French language contributions that add to an in-depth picture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's current state of affairs.

The authors from various academic fields who research and teach at universities in Africa, Asia and Europe focus on political and economic perspectives, education and civil society, health and environment, the country's international relations as well as historical foundations.

They analyse the problems the country is facing but also point out where progress has been made, where possibilities lie – and how these possibilities can come to fruition.

From the Contents

  • Forewords: Forewords by Edelgard Bulmahn, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, and by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Bringmann and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Virima Mudogo

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  • Introduction: Problems, Progress and Prospects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Outline of the Volume (Julien Bobineau and Philipp Gieg)
  • Historical Foundations: The History of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – An Introduction (Julien Bobineau); The Historical Contextualisation of the Kongo Kingdom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s History (Kwang-Su Kim)
  • Political and Economic Perspectives: State Fragility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1960-2014 (Oliver Schlenkrich, Lukas Lemm and Christoph Mohamad-Klotzbach); Budget Additif et Performance de la Décentralisation Budgétaire en République Démocratique du Congo (Di-Kuruba Dieudonné Muhinduka); Le Mouvement Coopératif Paysan à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (Alice Mufungizi Nabintu)
  • Education and Civil Society: Formation-Socialisation et Progrès en République Démocratique du Congo (Fernand Numbi Kanyepa); Privatisation du Secteur Éducatif en République Démocratique du Congo (Isidore Murhi Mihigo); Challenges Faced by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Higher Education and Perspectives Brought by BEBUC (Alain Bapolisi Murhimalika); L’Engagement Sociopolitique de l’Église Catholique au Congo-Kinshasa (Raoul Kiyangi Meya)
  • Health and Environment: The Right of Access to Medicines for People Living with HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Mumbanika Mbwisi Dady); An Appraisal of Village Level Associations for REDD+ Implementation (Raymond Achu Samndong)
  • International Relations: Misguided External Involvement in Statebuilding Processes – German Technical Assistance in the Congolese Police Reform (Nina Sophia Steinitz); How Strategic is the Relationship between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the European Union? (Agathe Plauchut); China’s Africa Policy and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 21st Century (Philipp Gieg); An Analysis of Indo-Congolese Relations in the Light of MONUSCO (Jyoti Tyagi)
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  • Julien Bobineau is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Romance philology in Germany. His fields of research are colonial discourses in francophone countries, postcolonial literature theory and storytelling in recent TV series. He obtained the Master’s degree in 2012 with a thesis about Patrice Lumumba’s representation in Aimé Césaire’s drama Une saison au Congo.
  • Philipp Gieg is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Political Science and Sociology in Germany. As a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation he obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology, a Diploma in Law and a certificate of studies of European Law from the University of Würzburg. He specialises in Africa’s international relations and Indian foreign policy, particularly Indo-African and Sino-African relations, as well as German and European Foreign Policy.
  • Both editors are members of the University of Würzburg’s Forum Africa Centre which provided support to make this publication possible. The Forum Africa Centre is an association of researchers at the University of Würzburg, Germany, who have been working closely for many years with partners in Africa. Its objective is to connect researchers, to foster research cooperation and to make it known to the public. Julien Bobineau and Philipp Gieg are co-founders of the Forum Africa Centre’s young academics section Young Africa Centre which publishes the Young Africa Centre Series (Schriftenreihe Junges Afrikazentrum), an online journal for junior researchers and excellent students, and hosts regular events.

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