Measured on the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking on democracy, none of the 12 members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) come close to being a democracy. Eight of the members are classified as authoritarian states. Among the four, only Uganda is ranked a hybrid democracy while the rest are considered authoritarian.
The EU strategy is centred on Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbours – Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi – which have for decades been directly or indirectly been triggers of insecurity in the eastern part of the country.
There's more to this story
Get unlimited access to our exclusive journalism and features today. Our award-winning team of correspondents and editors report from over 54 African countries, from Cape Town to Cairo, from Abidjan to Abuja to Addis Ababa. Africa. Unlocked.
Already a a subscriber Sign In