Etienne Le Rossignol


The Political Economy of Congolese Development


I propose investigating the legacies of Congolese history on socio-economic development. This research project focuses on the phenomena of persistence and aims at understanding them better to explain current Congolese’s socio- economic circumstances (poverty, education, entrepreneurship, cultures, etc). Thus, this project questions the contemporary evolutions of the Congolese society by linking the past to the present to inform public decision-makers and civil society. This project first focuse on colonial plantations and their effects on long-term development. Second, the project focuses on the roles of Christian missions in the formation of the post-independence political elite.


Etienne Le Rossignol

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 101034383

Caroline Vliegen

C2W Project Manager

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