Research trip to Gemena & Gbadolite (Equateur)

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4-11 February 2015
Tatiana Carayannis,  Aaron Pangburn and Mignonne Fowlis from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) joined a team of their local researchers on a field visit to two of their western DRC research sites, Gemena and Gbadolite in the northwest province of Equateur for a series of interviews with government officials, civil society representatives, and customary leaders on issues of public authority. While near the border of the Central African Republic, the trip also served as an opportunity to visit the Inke refugee camp, home to approximately 13,000 Central African refugees, where the team initiated conversations on a new research project focusing on access to justice for displaced populations in the DRC.
SSRC manages the research in Western DRC, which includes Central African refugee camps and the communities surrounding them. The research trip was preceded by a WOTRO kickoff workshop in Kinshasa from 29-31 January 2015.