SA's post-conflict development and peacebuilding experiences in the DRC: Lessons learnt

This policy brief analyses South Africa’s post-conflict development and peacebuilding engagements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Itidentifies lessons learnt that could inform the policy and programming development of the envisaged South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA). South Africa has engaged substantively in peacemaking and peacekeeping, activities that are well documented. However, its post-conflict development and peacebuilding activities have yet to be systematically mapped and analysed. This analysis of the DRC highlights the need for better strategic planning, coherency and sustainability to increase impact and effectiveness.

About the authors

Cheryl Hendricks is a professor in the Politics Department at the University of Johannesburg. She is also the lead of the ISS project ‘Enhancing South Africa’s Postconflict Development and Peacebuilding Engagement in Africa’.

Amanda Lucey is a researcher in the Conflict Management and Peacebuilding division at ISS Pretoria. The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Mr P Cunta, Mr B Maluka, Ms N Masiko and Mr T Tjemolane in the collation of data for this project.