This paper highlights the main successes, challenges and lessons learnt from a CRC project delivered in collaboration with Peace Direct from 2011-2014, with funding from the John Ellerman and Barings Foundations. The project aimed to provide economic and social support to ex-combatants, returnees and women affected by conflict, as part of a holistic approach to DDR that sees sustainable reintegration as the key to lasting success.
This study aims to contribute to the growing recognition and development of locally led aid modalities and partnership models. It does so on the ‘practical’ rather than ‘ideas’ front – in that it starts from a policy context in which the imperatives of ownership and agency have long been acknowledged, but in which there remains a significant and prevailing gap between rhetoric and implementation on the ground.
Our Congolese partner Fondation Chirezi (FOCHI) has established a network of peace courts, or ‘barazas’, in war-torn eastern DR Congo. In 2014 we evaluated their impact, and found that lessons can be learned from this very cost effective and sustainable model, for other countries that suffer similar levels of violence.