Ongoing efforts to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) now include the P-DDRCS, a national strategy for demobilization, disarmament, community recovery and stabilization for former combatants in the troubled country. ‘Central Africa.
The official title of the strategy is the Demobilization, Disarmament, Community Recovery and Stabilization Programme. It was launched in Kinshasa in the presence of Prime Minister Jean-Michel Lukonde as a technical tool intended primarily for eastern DRC.
The Prime Minister acknowledged MONUSCO’s involvement in the strategy, telling those present at the launch that it is “an important tool for us to take over the tasks of MONUSCO after it leaves the country”. This is in recognition of the UN peacekeeping mission, the world’s largest organization, currently working on the withdrawal.
As program coordinator, Lukonde praised the collaboration and involvement of MONUSCO through its commitment and support in the development of the P-DDRCS as well as in the implementation of “field activities”.
The P-DDRCS delegates power to provincial governors as well as territorial and local authorities, reports MONUSCO, with “active participants” from civil society. This goes so far as to involve local communities who have been victims of armed groups, such as the ADF.
Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, welcomed “the adoption of a harmonized peacebuilding program led in communities by communities”.
Explaining her phrase “by communities,” she said, “They will be tasked with seeking locally-designed solutions to conflicts and reintegrating ex-combatants, returnees and youth at risk as well as other marginalized people.”
“The populations have lived through years of conflict and destabilization and it is up to us to ensure that they hold the reins in the search for solutions to the conflicts and become actors of development in their respective communities”, he said. she declared.