Institutional cooperation with Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB), DR Congo
Flemish programme coordinator: Kanigula Mubagwa (KU Leuven)
Local programme coordinator: Ruhana Mirindi Wenceslas Busane
Operational coordination: Martine Dekoninck and Ann Hasendonckx (ICOS KU Leuven), Frank Rylant (ICOS University of Antwerp) and Dieudonné Mundi
Phase 1 started on 1 April 2011, Phase 2 started on 1 April 2014. Phase 3 will start on 1 January 2017.
1. Resource management in Kivu in the context of post-conflict reconstruction: agricultural component (management of soil fertility and food security problems)
Flemish project leader: Roel Merckx (KU Leuven)
Local project leader: Jean Walangululu
2. Resource management in Kivu in the context of post-conflict reconstruction: socioeconomic component (development of an expertise center for better management of the mining sector)
Flemish project leader: Sara Geenen (University of Antwerp)
Local project leader: Paul-Robain Namegabe
3. Specialization in medical health problems in conflict situations (expertise in research on the morbidity and mortality associated with reproductive problems and chronic diseases)
Flemish project leader: Steven Callens (Ghent University)
Local project leader: Theo Mvula Mansuka
About the partnership
The IUC with Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB) started in 2011. The IUC programme is designed around the central theme of 'post-conflict reconstruction' and focusses on the management of problems caused or aggravated by the specific post-conflict situation in Eastern DR Congo. The programme aims at increasing the welfare of the people of South Kivu, through further developing the strategic economic sectors (agriculture, mining) and improving health care in the region.
The VLIR-IUC programme is in line with the regional and institutional priorities. It consists of 3 projects, each tackling a major post-conflict challenge. The first project is on agriculture and focusses on the problems of soil fertility and food security. The reinforcement of scientific capacities and research infrastructure will contribute to an increase in agricultural production through the development of improved agricultural practices and its adoption by the population.
A second project concentrates on the mining sector as another mayor pillar of economic activity in the region. Natural resources have played a major role in initiating and prolonging the conflict, yet they are also a relevant factor for bringing peace and development towards the region. A better understanding of the mining sector through increasing scientific knowledge and expertise on the socio-economic aspects of the mining sector is therefore also a regional priority.
The third project focuses on health care, more in particular, it will contribute to the improvement of research capacities and infrastructure related to reproductive health and chronic non communicable diseases. All projects strive towards the improvement of education and research through institutional strengthening of the local partner institution.
Institutional University Cooperation
Evaluation intérimaire de la coopération universitaire institutionnelle en RD Congo (Juillet 2013)
This evaluation is only available in French.
Turning natural resources into peace and prosperity: ‘This programme is highly innovative!’
The partnership with Université Catholique de Bukavu aims to improve the well-being of the population in the South Kivu conflict zone.
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Video: The Kivu Underground
Opportunities and threats of artisanal mining in DR Congo. The Catholic University of Bukavu and the University of Antwerp carry out scientific research on the opportunities of mining for the Kivu region in DR Congo.
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