SLRC Longitudinal Panel Survey in DRC

The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction is carrying out a longitudinal panel survey on people’s livelihoods, their access to and experience of basic services, and their views of governance actors, for the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The survey is carried out in six conflict-affected countries (DRC, Uganda, South Sudan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), by various partners of SLRC. The baseline of the survey has been carried out in 2012/2013. By repeating the survey in 2015/2016, the aim is to be able to say more about how the livelihoods and governance perceptions of people shift (or not) over time, and which factors are of influence in the changes that might take place.

So far, there is only limited evidence on the extent to which social protection and basic services can contribute to state-building. By way of a longitudinal survey the aim is to fill part of this gap.


In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the baseline of the panel survey was carried out in the Eastern province of South Kivu, by the Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, Wageningen University, from September-November 2012. The DRC survey was delivered to 1,259 respondents, covering in total 8,484 household members.

Core questions

The core questions which guide the research are:

  1. What factors (including access to basic services, social protection and livelihoods support) influence people’s perceptions of the state?
  2. What factors influence changes in people’s livelihood trajectories over time?


This project is part of the larger SLRC programme of the Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction. Core researchers on this project are the external consultants Cecile de Milliano and Adriaan Ferf.