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Consolidated Appeal for Great Lakes 2006

Executive Summary
As the end of 2005 approaches, the overall outlook for the region is perhaps more positive than at other times in recent years. Central to this growing optimism are the evolving peace processes in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which have renewed hopes for the successful restoration of security and the establishment of democracy. Whilst gains in Burundi may have been more substantial than those of its neighbour, the continuation of the process in DRC, despite delays and set backs, has been welcomed. These positive expectations are increasingly shaping the humanitarian context in the region and are leading to shifting and new humanitarian priorities including those linked to refugee returns. A sudden acceleration in returns to Burundi in August, as well as recent increases in returns to DRC, may indicate a new trend in population movement that will require additional humanitarian support. For those who have been away from their countries of origin for many years, issues surrounding property rights and land tenure are likely to become increasingly important. The challenges of transition are great, and regional humanitarian actors must respond to these in conjunction with country level initiatives in order to effectively support emerging recovery.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
30 Nov 2005
Document type: 
Legacy planning modalities