Isaac BUBALA WILONDJA is a teacher and researcher at the Higher Institute for Rural Development in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ISDR-BUKAVU is a public institution of higher education and university specialized, for more than 40 years, in the study of development. Winner of the best doctoral and master’s thesis prize for the first edition organised by NELGA-Central Africa in collaboration with GIZ Cameroon, he holds a Masters degree in Project Management from Senghor University in Alexandria. He directs his research around a socio-anthropology of development policies and interventions as a form of public action and on land and agrarian policies in the DRC. This interest is justified because land is, in the DRC, at the heart of economic, social and political dynamics. Also, land policies remain strongly marked in the DRC by a colonial legacy, which organises the exclusion of access to law for the majority of the population. They are in tension between a logic of securing local rights and the fight against poverty, and a logic of privatisation and market development, accentuated by the dynamics of large-scale land acquisition, with potential social and political impacts very strong.