Mapping the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Prison Population

  • Kapend, Richard (PI)

Project Details


The research has two main focus; one being academic research and the other institutional collaboration.
For the purpose of academic research this research intends to identify data opportunities on prison population in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the aim to map key patterns and trends. This will be done by controlling for key socio-demographic as well as prominent criminal justice factors.
The project will use basic statistics techniques to select, collect and explore data on imprisoned population to form a global database that will prompt multidisciplinary collaborations both within and outside the University of Portsmouth with the aim to advance justice and transparency.
Together with ongoing projects within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) this project can be seen as a stepping stone to enhance scope of prison studies in post-conflict countries like the DRC.
In relation to institutional collaboration, the research aims:
1. to firm up a collaborative approach to research and knowledge exchange between two DRC institutions (Ministry of Justice and the University of Lubumbashi) in order to lay the foundations for large scale data collection to support the strengthening of access to justice mechanisms.
2. to establish a long term institutional collaboration between researchers from the ICJS and the DRC Ministry of Justice’s prison authorities. This will support research access moving forward into larger scale projects.
3. to identify and discuss areas of research collaboration between the University of Lubumbashi (Department of Criminology) and the ICJS with a view to reciprocal capacity development. A close partnership that can demonstrate experience of working together will strengthen any future tender.
4. to identify sources of external funding for future biding.
Short titlePrison Population in Post-Conflict Countries
Effective start/end date8/08/1631/07/19


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