Pillar VI - Justice and Conflict Prevention

Whilst operationalization of the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework (UN GLRSF) is progressing the region displays signs of unravelling with peace and security gains at risk of reversal.

There are signs of instability in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whereas elections in the region may contribute to instability. The region is subject to repeated cycles of violence and conflict, but early warning information on the local drivers of such conflicts are often lacking; this lack of information prevents regional and local actors and institutions from engaging in a timely – ideally, preventive - manner before threats to regional peace and stability can escalate. Civic activism also holds a potential to address local level conflicts which can quickly take on national and even regional dimensions.