How to Create a Public Policy in a Failed State: The Challenge of Securing Land Rights in Eastern Congo Notes de l'Ifri, October 2012
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 32 years of dictatorship and almost ten years of war have bled the country dry and left its administration incapable of providing the population with basic services and the government incapable of applying or even formulating public policy.
The land sector has not been spared by the collapse of the State, which started at the beginning of the nineties and is still not over. The land law dates from 1973 and the administration barely functions, yet “the land is the exclusive and inalienable property of the State exempt from prescription”. In the Eastern Congo land problems are regarded as a key element in the socio-political instability in the zone.