Pascal Sundi Mbambi is a PhD candidate at the Université Kongo and UAntwerpen, and currently working on the DRC 'sanitised villages' (villages assainis) research project. The research is integral part of both the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) project [“The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (2012-2017)] and the “Localizing human rights” research project undertaken at the Universiteit Antwerpen.
Pascal Sundi Mbambi will perform a case study on the UNICEF’s sanitised villages project in the Bas-Congo: the view from the rural poor. The objective of the research is to explore the level of human rights awareness of the communities benefiting from the project, their perceptions of human rights in comparison with that of UNICEF, as well as to identify action taken by the communities to secure better human rights services from the donor and the international community as whole, and also from the Congolese state. Finally, the research will try to find out whether or not the experience of using the strategy in the Kongo Central Province, in the DRC, could make any difference to UNICEF’s own understanding of the right to water and sanitation.