The key problems in DRC are due to a mixture of poverty, poor services and weak governance. The people in the DRC have seen almost two decades of war, suffered huge loss of life and seen the destruction of many livelihoods. Access to education, healthcare and water has severely deteriorated and services which are currently available are expensive, unregulated and are often not being provided by the government. There is no doubt that the conflict in DRC has had, and is continuing to have, an impact on services, however it is recognised the main underlying cause of these problems is how they are being delivered.
The SLRC research programme will be focusing on the health sector and the impact transport infrastructure has had on people’s livelihoods in South Kivu and Equateur.
The health sector is interesting because of its huge cost and its relative unavailability – which is a major concern to people and has therefore become a major focus of many government policies.
The link between transport and urban livelihoods, such as street vending charcoal, oil, food, illegally brewed alcohol, phone cards etc. or construction, is another important issue which has been largely neglected in terms of government policy and research. Although much international investment has gone into the development of roads, little is known about whether job of opportunities have been created in and around the transportation sector, and if they have, what impact this has had on people’s lives.
The SLRC DRC Research Programme will specifically focus on the health sector, transportation and urban livelihoods from the perspective of local communities by looking at the following themes:
- Drivers of legitimacy: Experiences of service delivery and perceptions of a non-Weberian state
- Engaging with multi-stakeholder processes: How can external actors improve capacity development efforts in complex governance arrangements?
- The organisation of economic life
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