ELAW is pleased to welcome its first ELAW Fellow of 2024, Roger Mavungu Kama. Roger is an attorney and the Executive Secretary of Dynamique pour le Droit, la Démocratie et le Développement Durable (D5/ASBL) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work is in Kongo Central Province, the only province in the Democratic Republic of Congo with an ocean coastline, where the Congo River empties into the Atlantic.
Roger’s organization supports communities in Kongo Central Province that were victims of land grabbing during construction of the Inga 1 and Inga 2 hydroelectric dams, and communities in Muanda on the Atlantic Coast that have legal disputes tied to oil exploitation. D5/ASBL is also tackling plastic waste and developing a network of Congolese lawyers who will defend the environment in Kongo Central Province.
Roger will be in Eugene for 10 weeks to collaborate on his work with the ELAW Team and strengthen his English skills through participation in the University of Oregon’s American English Institute (AEI) Intensive English Program.
Many thanks to AEI for providing Roger with a Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship. And thanks to Michael Kresko and Shannon Micheel for serving as Roger’s host family.
Communications Director & Fellows Program Coordinator
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide