The Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp, Belgium


The Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) is a multidisciplinary institute involved in the triple function of academic teaching, scientific research and service to the community in the area of economic, political and social aspects of development policy and management.

We offer three Master programmes, short-term training courses and a PhD programme. Our research is oriented to development as a multi-level and multi-actor phenomenon, with research lines focusing on respectively the local, national and international levels of development.  Policy advisory work is closely connected to these research activities. IOB networks with other European Development Institutes through EADI and CERES, and actively cultivates several institutional partnerships in the South.

The Special Chair for Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction at Wageningen University, The Netherlands


The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, which is led by professor Dorothea Hilhorst, researches the multiplex ways in which people, institutions, societies and aid interventions respond to conflict and disaster and how this relates to processes of development. The research program “Down to earth” focuses on the governance implications and the socio-economic impact of national and international initiatives aimed at formalizing the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, and at breaking the assumed link between mining and violent conflict in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New York University, Abu Dhabi
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

PRIO conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.

Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB), DRCongo

UCB is the Catholic University, established in 1989 and based in Bukavu. CEGEMI is one of its research centers. It has Faculties in Medicine, Sciences, Law, Economy, Social Sciences and Agricultural sciences.

Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural (ISDR), DRCongo

The ISDR, which is based in Bukavu, is an institute of higher education, training people to promote the human, economic and social development of rural committees in Africa. The institute’s research focuses on various aspects of rural development in eastern DRC.

International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART), DRCongo

ICART was established in Bukavu in 2013. Its research and services focus on gender based violence and clinical health issues.

Panzi Foundation, DRCongo
Université Evangélique en Afrique (UEA), DRCongo
Université Officielle de Bukavu (UOB)
Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU), DRCongo
Research Initiatives for Social Development (RISD), DRCongo
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), DRCongo
Action pour la Paix et la Concorde (APC), DRCongo

This NGO, which is led by Déo Buuma and based in Bukavu, plays a mediating role in different types of disputes at community level in South Kivu, with a particular focus on land conflicts.

Justice pour Tous (JPT), DRCongo

Justice pour Tous is based in Bukavu and led by Raoul Kitungano. The NGO is specialized in human rights issues, but also plays a prominent role in initiatives to increase transparency in the artisanal mining sector of South Kivu.