This paper explores the relationship between violence that engenders displacement and the forms of violence that result from displacement. Focusing specifically on Africa's Great Lakes region, the analysis seeks to point to ways in which a transition to stability can break through the cycles of violence and displacement and, in turn, generate sustainable peace both in individual countries and throughout the region. Implicit throughout the discussion is the need for this discussion to take place not only in the context of the nation-state, but also at a regional level.
Lucy Hovil is a social researcher with twenty years of experience working on migration, displacement, organized immigration crime, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity, access to justice, gender and qualitative research design. She wields experience of working with a broad range of governments, non-governmental organizations and donors in order to understand conflict contexts, their impact on local populations, and how best interventions can improve their effectiveness. Donor experience includes FCDO, Danida, and the multiple UN agencies.