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SARR Conference, June 4-5, 2009, Bujumbura, Burundi
"The Great Lakes: Beyond Emergency"
A States at Regional Risk (SARR) Conference

The East Aftrican component of SARR was initiated in March, 2008 through a pilot trip to Eastern Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda by the SARR PI, Bruce Knauft and the Emory SARR East Africa post-doctoral fellow, Patience Kabamba.

During this trip, Dr. Kabamba arranged for three major workshops, one in each of the large cities of Eastern Congo: Butembo, Goma, and Bukavu. In each case, the workshop brought together approximately 30 officials, scholars, and civic leaders – all Congolese, but from diverse constituencies in the conflict – to identify and analyze the greatest challenges to peace and development in East Congo. Issues of natural resource control as well as specifics of political leadership and factional mediation were important issues effectively discussed. For more information about the pilot trip, click here

The SARR East Africa conference “The Great Lakes: Beyond Emergency” was held with implementing partnership by the University of Burundi at the Source du Nil Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi on June 4-Participants
On Right: Keynote speaker, Alan Doss, Director UN Mission
5, 2009. The conference was attended by some one hundred persons, including those from all three of our focus countries in the region -- the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda – as well as the Head of the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission in the world, Alan Doss of MONUC, and several ministers and ambassadors. For a transcript of Alan Doss's keynote address, click here.

The conference had four priority goals:

(1) Cultivate a regional perspective concerning the implications of state fragility – historical, political, and economic -- across the region of Eastern DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda;
(2) Bring together participants from the region itself, with an equal representation across the DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda;
(3) Combine the understandings of national and international scholars with the perspectives and understandings of policy makers and practitioners, including from national governments, regional organizations, and the international community, including the UN;
(4) Find practical implications for policy-making beyond scholarly analysis and identification of problems.

For a complete conference statement, schedule, session topics and panelists, and photographs, please click on the links below:

Conference Statement (English)

Conference Statement (French)

Participant List by Country (English)

Conference Program (English)

Conference Program (French)

Transcript of Alan Doss's Remarks

Conference Executive Summary

Photographs (Coming soon)