The second largest country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country known for all the wrong reasons: civil war, corruption and poverty.
To pull a country out of such economic and political misery takes more than a sticking-plaster of aid and a few well-meaning dollars. Real change can only come about when the authorities work for the people – and when the people’s voice is heard.
At Christian Aid we call this accountable governance: the process by which local and provincial authorities, elected leaders and the people come together to create solutions to the problems they face. Sadly, this process takes time.
Authorities currently don’t use resources to alleviate poverty and the needs of local people are not met, so the spiral of ineffective government and increased poverty continues.
About the project
Based in the Maniema province in the east of DRC, an area which has seen the withdrawal of international aid agencies’ support due to security concerns and poor access. Communities in this area are divided and live in constant fear of fighting and human rights abuses, making this project even more vital.
The project is changing the lives of millions of people through a comprehensive process of accountable governance: making the voice of the people heard.
This four-year project is being implemented by our partner the Episcopal Justice and Peace Committee (EJPC), based in the DRC. They know the structure of provincial, regional and local committees so, through these groups, they are making links between local authority representatives and grassroots organisations.
These groups visit different communities and ask local people what their particular needs and challenges are, specifically targeting vulnerable groups.
From this they formulate recommendations for projects which could benefit the wider population, as well as organising advocacy activities at the local level.
Your gift will go further
The European Union is match funding this project 1:3, so a £5,000 donation will become a staggering £20,000 to support some of the poorest communities in the DRC.