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Christian Aid in the DRC

Christian Aid has worked in the DRC since the 1970s. We contribute to the efforts of the Congolese people to build a prosperous and democratic nation at the heart of Africa.

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 natural resources.

Christian Aid has worked in the DRC since the 1970s. We work on good governance, humanitarian assistance focusing on resilience, from violence to peace, access to (agricultural) markets and gender.

We have built a 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’s 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. Alleviate suffering and help to save the lives of those caught within crisis areas;
  3. Support partners to tackle violence and build sustainable peace in the DRC;
  4. Support organisations and initiatives on transformative change ensuring inclusive access to markets and ecological sensitive, sustainable livelihoods;
  5. Support partners to tackle gender inequalities and power imbalances.

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 ensure the population participates in decision-making processes, leading to fair elections at all levels.

Humanitarian assistance

We aim to alleviate suffering and save the lives of those caught up within crisis areas through timely and effective humanitarian interventions.

We provide humanitarian assistance in the sectors of food security, NFI/shelter, protection and WASH.

Our interventions have a strong focus on enhancing resilience of people affected by crisis, through a participative vulnerability and capacity assessing (PVCA) approach with the communities.

From violence to peace

The DRC finds itself in a vicious cycle of violence, including a high level of sexual and gender-based violence.

Our projects aim to tackle the root causes of violence and to build sustainable peace, by focusing on youth as change agents and work with them to find alternatives to violence.

We fight structural violence and SGBV through approaches of positive masculinity and the creation of income generating activities for GBV survivors to enhance their economic independence.

Economic justice and access to markets

DRC is an agriculture focused society with very complicated access to lands and markets.

We aim to enhance the access to land, support agricultural economies and ecological sensitive sustainable livelihood through our training, which works with communities on ecological agriculture techniques to enhance agricultural production and facilitate access to markets.

Gender and inequality

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

We ensure inclusiveness in all our interventions.

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.

Mostly, we work in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Maniema and Kasai. We operate out of our country office in Kinshasa and field offices in Goma, Kindu and Tshikapa.

Key achievements

In DRC we work 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 revising our multi-year strategy.

Humanitarian Programme Plan (HPP)

Since 2012, we have implemented the HPP programme in the South Kivu province. The programme combines humanitarian, resilience, protection, and from violence to peace aspects.

Following the Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCA), communities have created community action plans of which activities are being implemented which enhance the capacity of communities to respond themselves to crises they face.

Activities include soap making, basket weaving, bread making and clothes making.

Positive masculinity

With our local partner CBCA, we pilot a positive masculinity approach in response to sexual and gender-based violence in North Kivu.

This includes training groups of men and women on positive masculinity, through joint discussions on several themes including sharing household work.

Group members have reported a change in behaviour following the training and sensitisation sessions.

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

Kasai response

The Kasai region is experiencing one of 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.

Humanitarian needs are high, with people requiring food, non-food items, water and sanitation and protection.

With our local partner COPROMOR, we were the first to respond to this crisis in February 2017.

We have worked and work with the START Network, World Food Programme, Irish Aid, Scottish funds, UN Pooled Fund and ACT Alliance, on food security, providing food rations, seeds, tools and agricultural training.

We have also distributed non-food items, provided protection activities and enhanced the peaceful coexistence of communities.

UN World Food Programme

The DRC country team and humanitarian division have supported the displacement crisis in Kasai Province since February 2017 with a Kasai office opened in April.

Our work was possible thanks to funding from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), with additional funding from Irish Aid, the Scottish Government, ACT appeal and UN Pooled Fund.

The programme aims to reach a further 70,000 people through a UN WFP 6-month grant extension from July to December 2018.

This will involve a mix of monthly general distributions, including food,and cash-based transfers to IDPs, returnees and host families alongside the necessary operating costs for delivering, monitoring and accountability.

Reports and resources

Within the LPRR project there is a need for rigorous evaluation, which balances accountability and learning.

The project contributes to the localisation agenda by offering a demand-led practical approach to shift power to local actors and disaster survivors.

The Linking Preparedness Response and Resilience (LPRR) project is part of a growing portfolio of Start Network Engage projects funded by UK aid fr

Co-production was explicitly employed in the Linking Preparedness, Resilience and Response (LPRR) project.

The Linking Preparedness, Response and Resilience (LPRR) project was carried out from 2015 to the end of March 2018.

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.