Key considerations: cross-border dynamics between South Sudan and DRC

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This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between South Sudanandthe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces.

This brief provides details about cross-border relations, population movements, political and economic dynamics, conflict and insecurity, burial practices and trusted local actors in the borderlands of South Sudan. It was developedby Naomi Pendle (London School of Economics)and Ferenc David Marko (Small Arms Survey) with support from Ingrid Gercama, Theresa Jones and Juliet Bedford (Anthrologica). It builds on a rapid review of existing published and grey literature, long-term ethnographic research in the region, and findings from rapid fieldwork conducted at intervals between January and October 2019 that tracked key developments related to the threat of Ebola and preparedness efforts.

Field work was conducted by Beatrice Diko, James Eggo, Onyango Galdine, Ingrid Gercama, John Kenyi, Apayima Malitano, Ferenc David Marko and Naomi Pendle. Prior to finalisation the brief was reviewed by expert advisory colleagues from UNICEF, CDC, King’s College London, Durham University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics. Responsibility for the brief lies with the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP).

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Juliet Bedford

Dr Juliet Bedford is the Founder and Director of Anthrologica, a research-based organisation specialising in applied anthropology in global health (www.anthrologica.com).She holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, where she is a Research Affiliate at the School of Anthropology.Juliet is also an Adjunct Professor at the Global Institute of Public Health at New York University and is an Affiliate at the Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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