Peace and security in the Great Lakes Region

Project description

Title: Containing the Trade of Conflict Resources/Regional Project on Peace and Security for Stability in the Great Lakes Region
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and cofinancing from the European Union (EU)
Country: Africa
Lead executing agency: International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)/Conférence International sur la Région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL)​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2017 to 2022

Workshop on the holistic model to combat SGBV in Goma, DRC, November 2021 Copyright GIZ

Context

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is a political alliance of twelve member states. Founded in the year 2000, it promotes peace and long-term development in the region. The ICGLR is made up of member states Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

The initiative is rooted in the members’ realisation that the regional challenges can be solved only via joint efforts and only by using opportunities that benefit all.

Challenges include, for example, violent clashes between armed groups and regular armies. These are threatening peace and stability in the region and are funded in part by illegal mining and the smuggling of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Women and girls are particularly impacted by these crises and are often victims of sexual and gender-specific violence.

Workers at the Comikagi Mine Site in Rwanda, October 2021 Copyright GIZ

Objective

Peace and stability have been strengthened in the Great Lakes Region.

Regionaler Workshop zu Natürlichen Ressourcen in der Region der Großen Seen in Khartum, Sudan, September 2021 Copyright GIZ

Approach

As the advisory body to the ICGLR secretariat, GIZ offers support on issues of peace and security, mineral resource governance, prevention and response to sexual and gender-specific violence (SGBV), as well as organisational development. The project’s primary objective is to support implementation of the regional ICGLR action plan for peace and security. This strengthens peace-promoting approaches, makes education for social cohesion an integral part of teaching curricula, creates opportunities for reflection and strengthens regional security measures. The project further advises the ICGLR Secretariat on peace and security in building institutional capacity.

Secondly, as part of its support for the Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR), the project is working to counter the illegal exploitation of mineral resources. This includes harmonising the national laws of the member states and effectively implementing the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) certifying the conflict-free origin of mineral resources.

Furthermore, through the ICGLR’s regional training body, the project helps prevent sexual violence against women and children.

Last updated: December 2021

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