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The Democratic Republic of the Congo held national presidential and legislative elections on December 30th 2018. The national electoral commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the presidential poll. However, a leak from the same commission, whose results were extremely similar to those released by the Catholic Church’s observation mission, showed that Martin Fayulu, another opposition leader, clearly won the elections.

Despite this controversy, the post-electoral scene has been relatively stable. Tshisekedi was inaugurated on January 24th and has spent his first months traveling abroad––meeting with at least 17 heads of state since January––and in the country. Meanwhile, Martin Fayulu has launched a campaign to contest the election results, holding rallies in several towns across the country.

How do Congolese feel about the events? 

Jun 05, 2019
Jason Stearns

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This policy brief does two broad things. First, the author sets up gender inequality as a dimension of generalized inequality and reviews existing evidence about the links between gender inequality and income inequality. Second, the paper outlines policy solutions and institutional fixes to promote both recognition and redistribution, such as eliminating legal discrimination, social-protection programs, education, social spending, quotas for women in parliament, the recognition and protection of informal-sector workers, and parental leave and related schemes.

This brief is a first contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, part of the Pathfinders initiative, which will be launched in July 2019 at the UN High-level Political Forum. 

Jun 04, 2019
Jeni Klugman
Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda cover

Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda explores what contributions foreign policy can make on the road to achieving sustainable ways of life and provide guidance by pointing out entry points, priorities and trade-offs. They aim to inspire actors around the world to work together to initiate and boost the necessary changes and keep winning over new like-minded partners.

The volume comprises six incisive essays which highlight different foreign policy approaches to the SDGs, including an essay by CIC Senior Fellow David Steven and Non-Resident Fellow Rachel Locke entitled Beyond 16: The SDGS and the Opportunity to Build a More Peaceful World. 

May 01, 2019
David Steven, Rachel Locke
Justice for All: Cover

A people-centered approach to justice starts with an understanding of people’s justice needs and designs solutions to respond to them. This new report, Justice for All, is the first global synthesis of the scale and nature of the justice gap. Drawing on research by the world’s leading justice organizations and experts, this report contains an analysis of the costs of injustice for individuals and societies, and the first ever estimate of the costs to provide universal access to basic justice services.


Apr 29, 2019
Prevention in action

Member states support the idea of a more preventive approach to conflict, but they have different understandings of what it means in practice. Many equate it with crisis management and political solutions to escalating conflicts, whereas others see it in light of long-term approaches to address conflict risks and strengthen natural resilience at national level. This briefing, which is the first in a series on prevention at the UN, unpacks the most common visions for prevention among member states, highlighting how each has implications for UN practice.

Apr 16, 2019
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
Peace and Security