Sub-Sahara Africa

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) has extensive experience researching political violence and conflict in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Goma, DRC ©Maarten Hendriks
Goma, DRC ©Maarten Hendriks
Sub-Sahara Africa has been one of the core research areas of the Conflict Research Group. We have world-renowned expertise of Africa’s Great Lakes Region, in particular eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Burundi. In addition, CRG has conducted research projects in the Central African Republic, Kenya, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Most of CRG’s Africa research relates to the dynamics of conflict and violence, public authority and governance, in particular of natural resources and security, and processes of urbanization. Prominent research themes include: the social embedding of rebel groups and state security forces, urban security, refugee mobility, artisanal and small-scale mining, land conflicts and governance, and external interventions in the domains of peacebuilding and stabilization.

CRG’s approach is characterized by extensive and rigorous field research, including amidst ongoing conflict, and extensive collaboration with researchers and research institutes in the region.


Current Projects

Past Projects

The base and premises of administrative behavior on land ownership and use among women in Tanzania: the case of Kilosa district in Morogoro region

Towards sustainable solutions for conflicts between local social actors and National Parks in Tanzania: Case study of Saadani National Park

Community participation in slum improvement/upgrading projects in informal settlements in Nairobi

Accommodation of Justice for Displaced in DRC

Decentralization and pastoral women's participation in local governance: A study of Kondoa local authority in Tanzania

MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict

MICROCON Project 28: The political economy of entitlement to resources in rural Tanzania – an institutional perspectiv

Failed states or failed paradigms? Political order in non-state societies: West-, Central-Africa and the Horn

The role and position of civil society in processes of decentralization in comparative research in Burkina Faso, Uganda, Cambodja and Equador

The circulation and transformation of knowledge, discourses and practices in the global network of international development actors: The case of water

Humanitarian interventions and the participation of the military in complex political emergencies