Mistrust, Misinformation and Community Engagement: Reflections on lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Yemen Strategic Peacebuilding Programme 28 December 2020 Download briefing This is the third briefing in a series released by the Oxford Research Group’s (ORG) Strategic Peacebuilding Programme. These briefings examine lessons that can be drawn from the response to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and how they can be applied in the response to COVID-19 in Yemen. This briefing examines the mistrust, misinformation and community engagement during the Ebola and COVID-19 outbreaks in the DRC and Yemen, respectively. Image credit: Social Fund for Development-Yemen (@SFDYemen). About the authors This briefing has been written by staff at Oxford Research Group (ORG), with contributions from local experts, as part of the ‘Reshaping The Process in Yemen: Exploring alternative methodologies for the peace process in Yemen’ project. Implemented by ORG and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (Sana’a Center), the project seeks to strengthen local capacity for more inclusive and strategic dialogue in four key Yemeni Governorates - Hadhramaut, Marib, Shabwah and Al-Mahrah - and lay the foundations for more effective peacebuilding efforts towards the country’s future political transition.