• This report is part of a three-year (2019-2022) project “Strengthening Networks to Prevent and Respond to Violence”, funded through a UK government (previously DFID) funded Jo Cox Memorial Grant, and led by Peace Direct in partnership with Protection Approaches, Beni Peace Forum (BPF), Réseau des organisations des Jeunes en Action pour la paix, la réconciliation et le développement (REJA), and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).
    The project aims to ensure that local civil society is better able to provide strategic, coordinated and sustainable atrocity prevention work in eastern DRC and Burundi. This research focused on eastern DRC and sought to identify and understand the following:
    • The status and composition of current atrocity prevention efforts in Ituri, and North and South Kivu, including key actors and means of coordination;
    • What approaches to atrocity prevention are considered most effective by local, national and international actors;
    • The primary challenges faced by local, national and international actors engaged in atrocity prevention work; and
    • The forms of support from regional and international actors that are required to improve current atrocity prevention outcomes.
    The report is based on interviews and focus group discussions with 169 individuals, including civil society and community members, DRC government actors, local academics, UN staff, INGO staff, foreign donors and foreign government actors involved in atrocity prevention work in eastern DRC, which were carried out between February and June 2020.