Sharing the Land on USAID Impact Blog

Sharing the Land: Using Mapping Technology to Resolve Disputes In my country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, land is the lifeblood of the population: It nourishes people, allowing them to prosper and grow. However, ineffective management of this land has also led to conflict and violence. Today’s technologies offer an opportunity for citizens to …

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A Review of Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda

Longman, Timothy Paul. Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010. Nearly twenty two years ago in Rwanda, Christian leaders and laypersons contributed to the massacre of their neighbors only a few days after celebrating Easter. During the violence that enveloped “the land of thousand hills” between April and July 1994, an …

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Addressing land conflict and developing land governance in urban eastern DRC

Below is an excerpt of a working paper based on our research project, Sharing the Land. In 1885, King Leopold of Belgium declared all “vacant land” in DR Congo as the property of the Congo Free State without considering the complex ways Congolese used and conceptualized land at that time.[1] In so doing, Kind Leopold …

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