DR Congo

Programme areas and target groups

  • Northern part of South Kivu: Minova and the Hauts Plateaux de Kalehe
  • Southern part of South Kivu: Luberizi in the Ruzizi Valley, Rubanga, Fizi

In DR Congo, we work with several target groups:

  • Minova and the Hauts Plateaux: vulnerable youth and farming communities
  • Luberizi: farmers and pastoralists of Barundi, Bafulero and other ethnic groups
  • Rubanga: child mothers and vulnerable (young) women
  • Fizi: coexistence between communities/ethnic groups

In DR Congo, ZOA works in two sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Peacebuilding and Landrights

What we do in DR Congo

Insecurity and subsequently the lack of development and poverty in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo largely remains as before the election of a new president. In the South Kivu province conflicts between ethnic groups and also between armed groups causes on-going insecurity. Combined with lack of governance, bad roads and other infrastructure peace building and socio-economic recovery effort remain a challenge, but results over the past few year showed that it is possible (inawezekana).

Peace between former enemies

Since 2018 main office is in Bukavu with project offices in Kamanyola and Minova. Main project is Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Luberizi, in a consortium with IRC and Search for Common Ground. The overall objective of the IWRM-programme in Luberizi is peace building between two tribes.

Two competing tribal chiefs are now collaborating in the IWRM-programme, thus benefiting both communities.

ZOA is focusing on rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, land rights, and agricultural development. Our partner Search for Common Ground implements peace building activities and IRC focuses on improving access to drinking water.

Working in consortia

The project for Addressing Root Causes (ARC) in Minova and Kalehe continues. In this consortium ZOA has the lead and War Child and VNG International are partners. In Minova and Kalehe, the Addressing Root Causes Consortium designed a complementary programme. War Child focuses on economic activities for young people, ZOA aims at farmers for agricultural activities and land rights and supports social cohesion and recovery with community based social therapy, and VNG International is focussing on strengthening local authority leadership capacity.

Education for teenagers

In Fizi, we completed our three year accelerated education programme for children between 10 and 16 years. It is great to see that 272 children completed primary school education and 205 passed their state exams in 2017. In Rubanga, we support vulnerable young women, many of whom became mothers while still teenagers. Vocational training and support provides them with income, hope and dignity.

Partners and donors

In cooperation with

Besides the consortium partners ZOA works with over ten local organizations (ACP, IJED, BDD, UEFA a.o.)

With funding from

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Netherlands Embassy Kigali, I4S (multi-donor) and ZOA the Netherlands.

Pictures: Margreet Noordhof