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THE CAUSES OF THE GROWING CONFRONTATIONAL ATTITUDE OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AGAINST LICENSE HOLDERS

‘Indigenous people’ is used in this posting to describe all the native peoples who live side by side in a defined geographical without necessarily sharing the same culture, like hunter-gatherers and farmers have done in parts of Central Africa for centuries.

The wind of change that has been blowing across Africa since the collapse of the Soviet Union is characterised by strong democratic aspirations and the adoption of…

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Added by Mulya Jules on August 13, 2017 at 12:26 — 4 Comments

How SEBS nearly got imperilled by a word!

2 months ago I was in north eastern part DRC to conduct a Socio-Economic Baseline Survey (SEBS). One of the most commonly used French equivalent of survey is 'enquête' which is synonymous with 'investigation' as in criminal investigation. Because DRC has been struggling with governance for decades, ordinary people have developed an aversion for anything even remotely associated with the legal system; so words such as 'enquête', 'convocation', or the euphemism court…

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Added by Mulya Jules on July 4, 2017 at 10:51 — No Comments

Why in post war Eastern DRC some people refer to mining companies as NGO's

It's not uncommon for staff of mining or exploration companies operating in Eastern DRC to get asked: what does your NGO do?  

Reasons for this odd question are both ignorance and a generalization based on similarities people have noted. For some NGO is a new phrase for company/Société because NGO's were the first formal job providers outside government they started seeing in their areas following the collapse of DRC's economy in the early 1990's. Many NGO's came during the war (1997…

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Added by Mulya Jules on February 27, 2017 at 11:42 — No Comments

Conference on oil exploration in Lake Tanganyika, Feb 2017.

DRC Oil Minister, Aime Ngoie Mukena declared that a new law on hydrocarbon was presented on 10/02/2017; it gives Government the responsibility to explore and assess the country's oil potential; he added that it offered guarantees for protected areas. His Home Affairs colleague on the same occasion issued a warning against anyone who would interfere with Government's efforts to validate its hydrocarbon potential.

Judicious stewardship of rents from natural resources in general and oil…

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Added by Mulya Jules on February 22, 2017 at 12:11 — No Comments

Conference on oil exploration in Lake Tanganyika, Feb 2017.

The 2-day conference chaired by DRC Oil Minister started on 16/02 and ended on 18/02 in Kalemie, DRC. All 4 countries of the Tanganyika Basin were present: Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania and DRC. It was announced that 18 blocs have been granted to oil exploration companies, DRC which has the longest coastline with a record 11 of them.  There is no evidence of any engagement with coastal communities who are dependent on the little fish still left in the lake for their livelihood; therefore it's…

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Added by Mulya Jules on February 20, 2017 at 11:37 — 1 Comment

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