Fons van Overbeek

Fons van Overbeek
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Development

Doctor of Philosophy

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This article analyzes the interaction of the traces of war with institutional hybridity in shaping the use of space in the periphery of Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In peri-urban Bukavu, the urbanization of previously rural areas has created an uncertain mixture of land allocation mechanisms that are not adequately explained...
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Those who have settled in Bukavu’s periphery in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo cannot rely on statutory title or practices to secure their claims to land. Land is scarce, institutional competition rampant, and predation endemic. Land administration in Bukavu is a paradigmatic case of hybridity: there are a diversity of interpenetrating bu...
Technical Report
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This internal working paper is focusing on the academic and policy related debates surrounding the policy term 'Fragile States'. It is a critical analysis of the challenges and shortcomings within the concept and it offers alternative ways of looking at fragile statehood.
Technical Report
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This working paper is one of the first in a series of papers on fragile states, produced jointly by the five Working Groups which are part of the Knowledge Network Peace, Security and Development in Fragile States2. The purpose of this working paper is to identify the common denominator in different definitions, to review the discourse on fragile s...
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The decentralization process in Sierra Leone is hindered by some clear obstacles. The severity of the current economic crisis combined with the local power struggles, due to the decentralization process, is unlikely to favor the institutionalization of the Sierra Leonean state. Political elites, bereft of the means of their patrimonial legitimacy,...