Starting phase 1: May 28- June 11
Author Carolien Jacobs
To start off field research in South Kivu province, Carolien Jacobs (Leiden University) spent two weeks in Bukavu from May 28-June 11. Together with ISDR researcher Patrick Milabyo, Carolien started by making sure all project formalities were met; in DR Congo this means not only making contractual arrangements about collaboration, but also obtaining an ‘ordre de mission’, a letter from an organisation or institute in DRC that allows researchers to carry out their activities in the field. Such letters briefly set out the aim of research, but also identify research locations and modes of transport. In our case, the administration of ISDR (Institut Supérieur pour le Développement Rural) provides these letters. Once researchers go to the field, they usually pass at different authorities to show their letter. Authorities sign the letter and put a stamp on it. It is an important procedure to fulfill before actual data collection can start.