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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The DRC has been described as “a rich country of poor people”. It covers an area of 2,345,410 km². It has a population of some 89 million people and a surface area equivalent to that of Western Europe. It is the largest country by area in sub–Saharan Africa. Four national languages are recognised, but overall, more than 200 languages are spoken within its borders, albeit with varying reaches.
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The Congo River at sunset, Democratic Republic of the Congo , photo by UN Photo/Marie Frechon,2007,License,CC BY-NC 2.0

Congo’s oil auction: foiling climate colonialism or filling the coffers?

23 August 2022

The DRC has two main goals in selling oil blocks that overlap with the world’s second largest rainforest. Neither involves developing oil.

Democratic Republic of Congo to sell drilling rights to Congo Basin: What does this mean for Climate Summits?

15 August 2022

The DRC’s plans to auction off drilling rights to oil and gas companies in the Congo Basin threatens global climate targets and undermines international climate summits.

Canada’s development finance institution and land grabbing in Africa

20 July 2022

This interview is part of a series with unions, non-governmental organizations and academics who are concerned about the Canadian government’s embrace the  “blended finance.”

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Restoring Land Rights in the Aftermath of War: Country Insights Digest #3 - October 2021

14 October 2021

Over the last month the news all over the world broke with stories about the departure of US forces from Afghanistan and its takeover by the Taliban. Many wonder what the future will bring to those who remained and to those who fled the country. This thought immediately raises all sorts of…

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World Bank Climate Report Launch Webinar: Strengthening Land Tenure of Indigenous People and Local Communities in FCPF Countries

-This Event has ended -   Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) Online via Zoom This session will be interpreted in French and Spanish. Description: Strengthening Indigenous Land Tenure: A Critical Pillar of Climate Action   A prominent outcome of this year’s UN Climate…