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Women’s need for contraception and contraceptive use must be an ongoing priority. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

COVID-19 lockdowns and contraception: unexpected findings in four African countries

Contrary to expectations, researchers found that overall contraceptive use increased in most settings.
Pupils wear face masks in their classroom while a teacher writes on the board at a school in Kinshasa on August 10, 2020. Photo by Arsene Mpiana/AFP via Getty Images

Why payroll fraud in the DRC’s education sector will be hard to fix

Public statements against payroll fraud seem to materialise at strategic moments.
Men cross the front of the still smoking lava rocks from an eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo on May 23, 2021 in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. GUERCHOM NDEBO/AFP via Getty Images

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo: its health effects will be felt for a long time

Nyiragongo is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of its fast-moving lava. It can flow at a speed of about 100km per hour.
Still standing: a structure surrounded by lava following a volcanic eruption on 23 May 2021 in Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Moses Sawasawa via GettyImages

Mount Nyiragongo’s volcano: why it’s unique and treacherous

National governments need to wake up to the volcanic risks posed by tectonic rifting around Mount Nyiragongo.
Renzo Martens attends the opening of the “White Cube” gallery on April 22, 2017 in the town of Lusanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Junior D. Kannah/AFP

‘White Cube’: a postcolonial utopia?

The documentary by Dutch artist Renzo Martins is generating important debates today in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in Europe. Analysis of the stakes of a film that will be a milestone.
Rescuers work in Kamituga, South Kivu, at the entrance of one of the mines which collapsed following torrential rains trapping dozens of artisanal miners in September 2020. Photo by Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

How large miners and states stifle local capital and innovation in DR Congo

The mass privatisation of mining and the turn to foreign direct investment has created conflict with small-scale miners.
UN soldiers patrol the road where Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed. Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images

Violence is endemic in eastern Congo: what drives it

For nearly three decades, eastern Congo has been characterised by insecurity, with frequent outbreaks of violence between armed groups and attacks on civilians.
A copper mine in Phalaborwa, South Africa. The African continent is home to vast mineral resources. Mark Schwettmann/Shutterstock

Why African countries must invest more in earth sciences

It seems the production of Earth science knowledge in Africa is simply not progressing, despite the world’s interest in (and exploitation of) the continent’s mineral wealth.
Internally displaced persons gather for government briefing in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the scene of violent clashes between rival communities since 2019. Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images

How DRC’s colonial legacy forged a nexus between ethnicity, territory and conflict

Because ethnic territories are a major source of political friction and persecution in the world, it’s important to investigate how they are created and used in conflicts.
Many researchers from the global North engage research assistants in their geographical field of research. Photo by Axel Fassio/FLICKR

Power dynamics with researchers on the ground needs a reset

Research assistants and associates from the global South are sometimes kept invisible, despite their crucial role in the research cycle.
A “creuseur,” or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images

As cobalt demand booms, companies must do more to protect Congolese miners

Companies can’t verify that their source didn’t involve artisanal mining. A discussion over responsible sourcing strategies and practices is needed.

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