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“Everything that moves will be taxed”: the political economy of roadblocks in North and South Kivu

IPIS puts roadblocks on the map as key mechanism of conflict funding besides natural resources, revealing its devastating scope in funding armed actors in Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic Mapping over a thousand roadblocks,  IPIS shows the shocking extent of armed predation on trade routes in conflict-ridden Central Africa. Roadblocks, IPIS claims, […]

« Tout ce qui bouge sera taxé » : l’économie politique des barrières routières au Nord et Sud Kivu

IPIS dresse la carte des barrages routiers et pointe leur rôle clé dans les mécanismes de financement des conflits en Afrique centrale et des acteurs armés en République démocratique du Congo(RDC) et en République centrafricaine. Deux rapports de IPIS  révèlent l’étendue de l’emprise des acteurs armés sur les routes commerciales en Afrique centrale, une région […]

Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot

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With the support of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), IPIS set up its Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot in Mambasa (Ituri Province, DRC) between April 2016 and July 2017. This involved developing a low-cost methodology to produce a continuous data flow on a wide range of indicators related to the operational, security […]

Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot – Progress reports

With the support of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), IPIS set up its Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot in Mambasa (Ituri Province, DRC) between April 2016 and July 2017. The findings of the research are summarized in three progress reports, which can be found below, and a final monitoring report, which can […]

Arms Trade Corridors to Burundi

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Burundi has seen a period of unrest following the failed coup d’état by a Burundian general in May 2015. In order to better understand the situation, IPIS drafted a new map entitled ‘Arms transport to Burundi’, which puts the 2015 unrest in the geographical perspective of the Great Lakes region and in the relevant timeframe […]

Pillage route: l’économie politique des barrages routiers à Walikale et Masisi

French version below – version française ci-dessous Roadblocks are a ubiquitous phenomenon in Eastern Congo. In an effort to map the scope of this phenomenon as well as its significance in the political economy of conflict, IPIS has embarked on a collaboration with the Danish Institute for International Studies. The point of departure is that […]