I am a lecturer based at the Institute of Development Policy (University of Antwerp). I am broadly interested in governance and conflict in spaces where the state is only weakly present, particularly in Central and Eastern Africa. My current principal research interests are the following:
- Public services in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a particular focus on the traffic police and taxes
- ‘Green criminology’, and particularly ivory trade in Central and Eastern Africa.
- Conflict and rebel movements in the DRC and Uganda, particularly the LRA and ADF in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and conflict dynamics in Western Uganda.
I am a project leader for the ‘Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium’ program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, coordinated by ODI and financed by DFID, focussing on public services in the DRC.
My publications can be accessed on my academia.edu or researchgate pages.
In the press:
Is Uganda really a 'refugee paradise'? Al Jazeera, 29 July 2017, with Julie Schiltz.
'Removing the presidential age limit in Uganda: the power of cash and coercion', Open Democracy, 7 August 2017, with Anna Reuss.
Want to understand Belgium’s complicated politics and scandals? Let’s look at Africa. The Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, 10 July 2017. A more extended version of the piece appeared in Open Democracy, en in het Nederlands op de site van De Morgen. The piece received attention in De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, Le Soir, RTBF, La Libre, Metro, Bruzz, L’echo, Dernière Heure, Sudinfo, Newsmonkey.
Wir schaffen das in Oeganda: werkelijk? Deredactie.be , 07 Juli 2017, with Julie Schiltz.
Why the unrest in Rwenzori is far from over, African Arguments, July 4 2017, with Anna Reuss.
Bye Bye Kony? The Lord’s Resistance Army After the U.S.–Ugandan Withdrawal, Foreign Affairs, 13 May 2017, with Ledio Cakaj.
On the withdrawal of the American and Ugandan troops from the LRA hunt in the Washington Post, De Volkskrant and VICE news.
Radio interview on the withdrawal of American troops from the LRA hunt on Radio 1, Belgium (in dutch, from 02:37:00).
There is new violence in Western Uganda. Here’s why. The Washington Post, 29 November 2016, with Anna Reuss.
Jihadis in Congo? Probably not. The Washington Post, 27 September 2016.
5 years on, South Sudan is at a critical juncture…again, African Arguments, 8 July 2016, with Rens Twijnstra.
The United Nations set an ambitious education goal. Why did it fail in Congo?, The Washington Post / The Monkey Cage, 8 June 2016, with Tom De Herdt.
Museveni got more votes than love in Uganda’s election, The Washington Post / The Monkey Cage, 20 February 2016, with Anna Reus.
My latest academic articles:
'When revolutionaries grow old: The Museveni babies and the slow death of the liberation', Third World Quarterly, 2017, 38 (10):2347-2366 with Anna Reuss.
'Beyond ethnicity: the violence in Western Uganda and Rwenzori's 99 problems', Review of African Political Economy, 2017, with Anna Reuss.
‘The many faces of a rebel group: the Allied Democratic Forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’ International Affairs, 2016, 92(5):1189-1206 with Dan Fahey.
‘Everything changes to remain the same? State and tax reform in South Sudan’ The Journal of Modern African Studies 2016, 54 (2): 263-292, with Rens Twijnstra.
Governance with Empty Pockets: the education sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Development and Change 2016, 47 (3): 472- 494, with Tom De Herdt.
Other recent publications:
'An LRA for everyone. How different actors frame the Lord's Resistance Army', published in African Affairs (together with T. Costeur).
A summary of the argument was published on the Monkey Cage blog/Washington Post: 'An "LRA for everyone": constructing knowledge of rebel groups'
Titeca, Kristof and Matthew Sebastian (2014) ‘Why did Invisible Children dissolve?’. The Monkey Cage blog/Washington Post, Opinion, 30 December 2014.
'Unravelling public authority. Paths of hybrid governance in Africa', published as an IS academy research brief.
You can follow me on twitter: @KristofTiteca