Understanding Obstacles to Peace in the Great Lakes Region : Actors, Interests and Strategies

Africa's Great Lakes region is home to violent and prolonged conflicts that cause a lot of suffering and block socioeconomic progress. Several initiatives are underway to bring peace to the region. But, most of these focus on specific countries and have not taken into account the interrelated and overlapping nature of the conflicts. Moreover, it has also been noted that the interests of certain actors have taken on a life of their own independent of the root causes of the conflicts, and that these are affecting the implementation and sustainability of the peace agreements.

This project will attempt to explain the protracted conflict in the Great Lakes Region by focusing on the role of such actors and their interest in blocking the peace process. The research will be carried out in six countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Researchers will propose a way of identifying strategic actors from the many actors in the field so that they can be targeted in the negotiations, thereby leading to sustainable agreements.

Projet nᵒ


État du projet


Date de début

Mardi, janvier 23, 2007

Date butoir

Mardi, novembre 15, 2011


24 mois

Agent(e) responsable du CRDI

Karuru, Njeri

Financement total

CAD$ 357,500


Nord du Sahara, Sud du Sahara, Burundi, Kenya, Ouganda, Tanzanie, République du Congo, Soudan


Governance and Justice

Chargé(e) de projet

Prof. Mwesiga Baregu


Concern for Development Initiatives in Africa

Institution Country


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