This country report is part of a one-year DFID-funded research project implemented by Tearfund and ODI. The research project is exploring the links between service delivery of water supply and sanitation and the wider processes of state-building and peace-building in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). For the Tearfund project sites in DRC, researchers identified how the WASH service delivery modality (what, who, how) in each project site manifested itself across a number of potential routes for influence on peace-building and state-building. They found that impact – positive and negative – is conditioned by the country context: the causes of conflict and armed violence, and the nature of the state in DRC, shape the limitations and opportunities for Tearfund to impact peace-building and state-building. In DRC, there is not a strong, intuitive link between the WASH sector and peace-building and state-building: water is not a driver of conflict, and the government is only marginally involved in providing water and sanitation services.
Kooy, M.; Bailey, S. Tearfund WASH service delivery in the Democratic Republic of Congo: contributions to peace-building and state-building. ODI, London, UK (2012) 56 pp.