Finding justice in case of grievances or disputes is complicated for poor people, especially in conflict-affected areas with weak institutions. This is even more the case for people who reside outside of their place of origin, such as internally displaced, refugees or urban migrants.

This action research aims to contribute to the objectives of the call by strengthening justice mechanisms in three regions of DRC (South-Kivu, Haut-Uele and Equateur) through interactive research; enhancing justice initiatives of governmental and non-governmental actors; and inter-regional learning. The research focuses on displaced people’s justice needs, their strategies to obtain justice and their actual experiences with different types of authorities, including the police, justice apparatus and traditional authorities.

The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO WOTRO), within its Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings research programme.

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September 2015
Field research in Bukavu 2 

August – September 2015
Research trip to Dungu & Faradje 

May 28th – June 11th
Field research in Bukavu 1 

April 2015
Research trip to Farajde