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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) we support the Congolese people's dream to open up a democratic space where they can exercise their rights and build a functional state with laws that guarantee the fair share of benefits from national resources.

Christian Aid has worked in the DRC since the 1970s. We work on good governance, resilience, health (especially HIV and malaria), and gender, with 60 partner organisations spread across the country.

We have built long-term vision, a reputation for our in-depth knowledge of the country, strong relationships across the country and experience in developing the capacity of partners, especially in advocacy.

Some of our former partners are now independent, continuing to implement long-term projects in difficult conditions even after Christian Aid funding has ended, demonstrating the long-lasting effects of our capacity-building activities.

 

Our aims

  1. Support civil society organisations to ensure the population participates in decision-making processes, leading to democratic, fair, transparent and viable elections at all levels (local, provincial and national);
  2. Support organisations and initiatives that promote transparent governance of natural resources and an equitable redistribution of revenues yielded from the transformation and trade of national resources.

After the war, we left our plots, our fields, our clothes, everything that we had, but the help of Christian Aid with its partner BOAD, our hope has been restored

Katungu Kisenge, who was displaced after the war

In the DRC we work on…

Good governance 

With our unique expertise in governance, we were involved in the last two elections in the DRC.

Our work included working with CSOs on civic electoral education, in training local electoral observers, and facilitating the presence of international observers with EURAC, a network of European organisations working on peace-building and democratisation in the Great Lakes region.

Our DRC programme has also developed valuable expertise in advocacy, which will enable us to achieve strong results in terms of conflict transformation.

Currently, major segments of society are excluded from decision-making bodies, despite the existence of constitutionally acknowledged rights, laws are unfair, and past elections have been fraudulent, leaving the majority voiceless.

Our aim is to increase government accountability and responsiveness and ensure the population participates in decision-making processes, leading to fair elections at all levels.

Resilience

We work on market development for poor and socially marginalised people to diversify income sources, develop alternative employment opportunities and expand access to financial services and markets.

Health

We work to improve health and support increased access to services essential for better health.

In particular we work on HIV and malaria.

Gender

Our aim is to educate communities to make and achieve self-determined choices, especially women and girls.

Cash distribution in Beni, DRC

The Start Fund, implemented by our partner Bureau Ecuménique au Développent (BOAD), project distributed cash to those affected and displaced by violence in Beni in the North Kivu province of the DRC. The money assisted those at risk of malnutrition due to lack of food.

Where we work and who we work with

We work in areas where the need is greatest and we have strong existing partnerships.

Currently, we operate in five provinces. These include North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema, Kasai and Kinshasa.

We operate out of our country office in Kinshasa and we have two field offices in Goma and Kindu.

Key achievements

In DRC we work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

We are currently working on a new multi-year strategy.

Two women along a road in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Two women along a road in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kasai crisis

The Kasai region is experiencing one the worst crises in its history.

Since August 2016, conflict between the army and the Kamuina Nsapu militia group has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes.

The UN estimates that 3.2 million people do not have enough to eat following food shortages made worse by the conflict. 350,000 children are severely malnourished. Those who have fled are unable to return to their homes, which have often been looted or destroyed.

Our local partner COPROMOR was one of the first to respond. Working with the Start Fund, the World Food Programme and ACT Alliance we’ve been helping some of the most vulnerable people.

COPROMOR has also given out kits of garden seeds and tools to help affected families rebuild their lives. We’re also helping provide protection services for those affected by or at risk of sexual violence.

We’ll continue to help affected communities in the Kasai region and pray for peace in the region.

We are currently updating this page and further information will be added soon.

Reports and resources

A summary report including achievements, lessons learnt and case studies.

Contact us

Christian Aid DRC is based in Kinshasa. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across Africa and the world, staff at Christian Aid’s UK headquarters, and INGO networks in DRC and beyond.