Community-driven reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This PhD research focuses on community-driven reconstruction (CDR): the social dynamics of target communities in post-conflict eastern Congo. The main research question: how do social dynamics and power relations influence decision making and implementation of CDR and how do perceptions of local people and International Rescue Committee (IRC) staff shape development in the communities of Burhinyi, Luhwindja and Kaziba?

Dr Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa successfully defended his thesis on March 11, 2014.

Data was collected in three chiefdoms of South-Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo using an ethnographic methodology, from 2008 to 2010. Even if community-driven reconstruction  contributes to rehabilitation, many questions remain unanswered. For example, how community-driven is community-driven reconstruction? Who in the community 'drives'? How do people view the project in relation to other past or parallel interventions and how they view the beneficiaries and impact on implementation? How do local community members view the role of NGO staff in terms of capacity building?

PhD researcher: Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa

Selected publications

Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa (2014). Community-driven reconstruction in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: capacity building, accountability, power, labour, and ownership. PhD thesis, Wageningen University.

Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa (2013). Participatory Development and Reconstruction: a literature review. Third World Quarterly, 34 (7), pp. 1265-1278. DOI:10.1080/01436597.2013.824653

Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa (2013). Local ownership in community-driven reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Community Development, 44 (3), pp. 364-385. DOI:10.1080/15575330.2013.800128

P. K. Milabyo (2010). Relations de pouvoir et dynamiques sociales dans le programme de Reconstruction Dirigée par la Communauté. Cas de Burhinyi à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo, Cahier du CERPRU/ISDR-Bukavu, No special 19, 2010:57-63.

P.K. Milabyo (2008). Detection of obstetric risk in women attending prenatal clinics in Kadutu Urban Health District, Democratic Republic of Congo. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (2008) 102, 69-81.

P. K. Milabyo (2006). Low birth weight in Maniema (Democratic Republic of Congo), Cahier d’études et de Recherches Francophones/Santé 16 (2), pp 103-7.

P.K. Milabyo, C. Munyanshongore & V.K. Witumbula (2005). Community participation in health agencies in an urban health district of Bukavu, Cahier d’études et de Recherches Francophones/Santé 15 (4), pp 235-40.