DR Congo

Programme areas and target groups

  • North- and South-Kivu Provinces in Eastern DR Congo
  • All victims of the violence in Congolese society – women, men, girls and boys, specifically IDPs and refugees
  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Basic education
  • Peacebuilding

What we do in DR Congo

The security situation in the country has deteriorated over the past year. Armed groups activism is ongoing in North Kivu linked to growing inter-community conflicts around land. The postponement of the 2016 national elections has led to further political instability and a weakening economic situation.

ZOA DR Congo finalized two major projects: ‘Protracted Crisis’ and ‘Reconstruction’. External consultants were positive in their evaluations of both projects. Agricultural production has increased and non-agricultural income sources been diversified, although income from these sources was limited. 81 percent of the community conflicts was resolved by the peace committees. However, many conflicts are between communities and can only be dealt with on a regional or even provincial level where the influence of the project is limited.

In October a group of nine Dutch women visited the Tuna Weza project (“We can”). It supports sexually violated women through psycho-social support, literacy classes, and income generating activities by setting up solidarity groups that also help them save money together. See page 20 for the story of one of the Dutch visitors.

In preparing for 2017, we joined two consortia, a new learning experience for ZOA DRC. We also reflected on our programme orientation. We aligned ourselves with the ‘International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy’, the joint strategy for Eastern Congo, aimed at bringing UN agencies, donors, MONUSCO and (I)NGOs together around a joint agenda. Within this overall strategy, our focus is on democratic dialogue (peace building) with an emphasis on land conflicts – the major cause for violence -, combined with a focus on food security, all from a strong gender perspective.

We made important changes in our organisational approach, shifting away from direct implementation. Our focus and added value will lie more in the role of support, training and coaching of Congolese organisations, taking up implementation and providing technical assistance where needed. Due to current needs we will also increase our efforts in emergency relief.