The study The struggle after combat is intended to assist Cordaid in developing its views and policies in relation to DDR by discussing the conceptual underpinnings of DDR and the role of NGOs – Cordaid’s partners in particular – in DDR processes in the field. More broadly, the study aims to inform a wider audience of academics, policymakers and practitioners about the activities, strengths and weaknesses of NGOs in DDR processes. More specifically, it aims to examine how NGOs can complement parties that normally play a leading role in DDR programmes such as the military and United Nations (UN) agencies.
Apart from ex-combatants in general, the study was also to look into special groups such as female combatants and child soldiers.
The DR Congo case study is part of a broader study that focuses on the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) processes. The study consists of three case studies – Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone – and a synthesis report.