Conclusion

Despite the turmoils the Congo has suffered in the past, there is still hope for the future. If groups and donors looking for a way to improve the Congo’s current state focus on long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes, it is possible to bring about permanent change to the Congo (Stearns). Already, there are signs of this occurring, such as the Framework of Hope, an agreement created by the United Nations, with the aim to end the conflicts and violence occurring in the Congo (“A FRAMEWORK OF HOPE: The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region”). This agreement has several actions planned, including to further economic development and to reform the structure of public institutions (“A FRAMEWORK OF HOPE: The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region”).
As Stearns points out, though, it is easier to talk about how to fix things than to actually do the fixing. It’s harder to change those that are in power than the much easier “fixes” of simply training police and fixing roads. According to Stearns, the violence in the Congo will simply continue if its government continues to provide for the armed forces that keep the conflicts going.
However, Stearns also states that if aid goes towards actual progress, more accountable governance, and unlocking the Congo’s true potential economically, then the conflicts going on in the Congo have a strong chance of ceasing and becoming a part of history instead of a part of current events.
If the Congo can bring an end to the conflicts that have been occurring within it for decades, then there will be hope for the gender based violence in the Congo to finally come to a halt. While there is still work to be done, with agreements such as the Framework of Hope and projects like Raise Hope For Congo, there is indeed hope for the future of Congo and its citizens.

 

“A FRAMEWORK OF HOPE: The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region.” Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, 24 Feb. 2013. Web. 4 May 2015.

Stearns, Jason. “Helping Congo Help Itself.” Foreign Affairs. 12 Aug. 2013. Web. 4 May 2015.

~ Contributed by Meghan P

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