The Project

This project represents a collaboration between the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), as well as six Congolese community-based partners: ACIAR, Ajedika, Caritas Bunia; ETN, GRAADE, PREV-HIA.

For a description of all project partners click here.

The goal of this work is to use lessons learned from past reintegration processes to improve future programming for former underage combatants and youth at-risk for joining armed groups.


This project sought to investigate, through visual and qualitative methods, how conflict and reintegration processes affected families and communities in selected project sites in eastern DRC. This study triangulated information by applying a range of methods and speaking with multiple groups affected by the reintegration process.

A community-based participatory research approach was used engaged partner communities and collaborating organizations in contributing fully to all aspects of the research process. This project was undertaken in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and the district of Ituri in Orientale Province.

Full documentation of this project can be found here. This website was created to display all of the visual data collected as part of this effort.