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Monday, October 26, 2020

In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ConDev provided funding to faculty at the Université Catholique du Graben in Butembo; these Howard G. Buffett Foundation-supported awards strengthen the collaboration between academic and government institutions through the design, implementation and evaluation of scalable solutions that address obstacles to peaceful development.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Peace Center Grants

A grant made in 2013 by the Howard G Buffett Foundation (HGBF), as part of its support to establishing the Congo Peace Center (CPC), included $1 million endowment for research on conflict and development issues in the African Great Lakes Region. The initial competitive grants of up to $15,000 have been awarded using the USAID/HESN Transformative Solutions grants format, and designated for scholars in the DR Congo.  These grants are intended to “raise the voices of Congolese scholars”, one of the four CPC pillars, and respond to the problem that it is mainly Western voices that have been heard in their analyses and recommendations regarding conflict and development in the DR Congo. The grants were administered by the Conflict and Development Foundation (CDF) Consultant, Robert Kahumula, and CDF Program Coordinator, Gavin Finnegan. On April 1, 2017, twenty professors from Beni, Butembo and Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) summited applications during the second annual call for proposals. ConDev, worked with professors from Congolese universities to select seven additional grant recipients. 

Awarded Grants

Innovation: A permanently endowed competitive grants program supporting research by scholars from the Great Lakes Region of Africa aiming to reduce conflict and improve economic development in the region by building understanding of problems and positing solutions created by indigenous scholars from the region, and augmenting or replacing Western scholarship that has dominated historically. The endowment was provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), and is administered by the Conflict and Development Foundation (CDF). 

Key Learning: Financing basic research budgets allows local scholars the rare opportunity to lead local academic and government institutions in designing, implementing and evaluating locally theorized solutions that address the obstacles that impede peaceful development in their communities. Financial support for indigenous scholarship can elicit relevant and useful responses from Great Lakes Regional scholars, supporting home-grown understanding of problems and programs and policies for their solutions.  


All awarded grant recipients are listed below: 


  • Duparc, Juhudi, Kyle L Hamilton, Jonathan E. Shaw, and Kevin Wilkins. (2019). “Enhancing DR Congoʼs Economy Through Research on DR Congo’s Domestic Coffee Market”. Christian Bilingual University of Congo. Beni, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Kihangi, Kennedy Bindu. (2018). “Property Protection and Legal Development:  Investigating the Causes of Land Conflict in Eastern Congo, a Competitive Study of Bukavu and Butembo”. Free University of the Great Lakes Region (ULPGL). Goma, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Mathe, Kalendi Nelson. (2018). “Conflicts Over the Artisanal Exploitation of Timber in the Forests of the Eastern DR Congo: A Sustainable Management Perspective”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Mathe, Lukanda. (2018). “Perennial Crops Strategies that Aim to Reduce Small Landholder Encroachment on Protected Land and Land Conflict”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Muhesi, Kahindo Augustin. (2018). “Understanding the Nande and Hutu Ethnic Conflict in Lubero Territory (Eastern DR Congo)”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Muhindo, Katsuva Alphonse. (2018).  “Youth and Civic Engagement in the Territory of Beni”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Musongora, Emmanuel Syasaka. (2019). “When Development Becomes a Source of Conflict: Electrification of the Beni and Lubero Territories in North Kivu”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Peyton, David. (2019). “Mitigating Property Conflict: Sharing the Land Data Collection and Policy Implementation”. Christian Bilingual University of Congo. Beni, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Siviri, Kasereka Norbert. (2018). “The Challenge of Development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Case Study of North Kivu Province”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo.
  • Vikanza, Katembo Paul. (2018). “Land Conflict Resolution for the Sustainable Management of the Mount Luwbew Reserve”. Catholic University of Graben. Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo. 












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This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The contents are the sole responsibility of ConDev, and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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