Participatory action research: A method to repair fractured social relations

Lessons from a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Between February 2013 and June 2015 International Alert implemented a project in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo aiming to develop community capacity in conflict management and peacebuilding. The project sought to strengthen community reconciliation and to improve local governance using participatory action research and community dialogue. This report summarises this process and presents lessons that are of relevance for local and international peacebuilders, as well as for the design of the so-called ‘democratic dialogue’ pillar within the framework of the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy for eastern DRC. Lastly, the report seeks to mobilise the support of political and administrative actors in North Kivu province, in order to ensure that the results of the project take root and deliver lasting benefits to the local communities. (Français)

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    June 2015
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