In DR Congo, Cordaid fights poverty (by improving access to health care and basic education), tackles impunity (by helping to put an end to the culture of violence), and helps to install effective forms of governance (by promoting the right to political participation, particularly for women).
We have a country office in Kinshasa and Goma field offices in Kananga, Gemena, Bunia and Bukavu.
We support and strengthen health systems to provide access to basic health care in 26 provinces of the DR Congo. We educate boys and girls to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promote their access to education. Cordaid is active in Eastern DR Congo, where we help to restore trust and the social contract between communities and ruling authorities, strengthen local security and contribute to the stabilization process. We do this in the most fragile and conflict-affected areas in DR Congo.
DR Congo is a paradox: rich in natural resources, yet one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Its population has to put up with violence, disease, hunger and the mass displacement of people caused by years of civil wars and cross-border conflicts. Partly through impunity and political impotence, conflicts over natural resources have continually flared up in the border areas, and East Congo remains a hotbed of unrest.
Cordaid is striving towards a just and stable DR Congo, in which the governments accept their responsibilities, use their rights and meet their obligations. Where citizens participate in decision-making, and are able to improve their living conditions.
Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo
Cordaid has been active in DR Congo since the 1970s, and has built up an extensive network of partner organizations. Cordaid wants the people of DR Congo to once again be able to contribute to the development of their country’s basic facilities and work towards peace, safety and justice.
Our work in six different yet related sectors helps to achieve these goals:
1. Health care
Key results 2019
161,439 people screened for HIV
35,314 people living with HIV put on ARV treatment
41,023 people were diagnosed with TB and referred for further treatment
174,906 were put on anti-TB drugs
16,604 survivors of sexual violence received support
25,804homosexual men were screened for HIV and know their status
Cordaid makes health care more accessible and improves the quality of care in 26 Provinces of DR Congo. Our approach of Results-Based Financing (RBF) supports access to the care, allow patients to have a look at the way in which they are treated, and preserves qualities of care services
Since 2012, Cordaid is the Principal recipient of Global Funds grants in HIV/AIDS component in DR Congo. Our objective is to contribute to the reduction of 80% of the new infections in the general population and in the targeted populations, in order to include 95% of the patients co-infected by tuberculosis and VIH on the antiretroviral treatment.
we assisted army and police structures in implementing their gender policies and programmes
we assisted networks of students in addressing and countering gender-based violence in universities in Kinshasa and Nord Kivu
A research report on the impact of mining industries on women’s rights in DRC was handed over to the committee on the elimination of discrimination against women
Cordaid aims to restore the social contract and the trust between government and citizens in a fragile context. We do this by promoting legitimate regulations and policies that respond to peoples’ aspirations. With local civil society partners, we advocate for local security and access to justice for all, engendered peace, equitable mining governance, and adequate health coverage. We support police and justice sector reforms, including community participation in the management of local security issues and the formalization of informal mechanisms of access to justice. We also promote women’s participation in the decision-making and peace processes, in line with UNSC Resolution 1325.
Cordaid, the African Security Sector Network, and local partners launched a field research initiative that will map inclusivity needs and gaps in the security and justice sector reform in DRC.
Cordaid and ODI have organised round table sessions on the role and importance of customary and informal justice systems. All relevant parties, including the Ministry of Justice, took part in these sessions.
in a joint study report, Cordaid, SIPRI, and local partners mapped how different actors perceive the role of the state and external parties in stabilizing the country.
The outcomes of these studies and sessions were used for further lobby and advocacy purposes.
Cordaid’s aim is to contribute to a stable and peaceful DR Congo. We set up legal clinics to strengthen community knowledge on the functioning of judicial, security and administrative institutions.
5. Women Leadership
Key results 2018
7 youth centers set up for the prevention and fight against gender-based violence in academia;
Adoption of a new PAN 1325.
Cordaid gives girls and women a voice in a context where it is not usual for women to speak up for themselves. It boosts their confidence and allows them to plan their future, find work and gain independence.
6. Humanitarian Aid
Key result 2018
1331 households or 6655 people benefiting from unconditional Cash with multiple uses
In relation to the Ebola response to Beni
15 water sources were built;
63 hygienic latrines were built in the health centers;
45 showers were built in the health centers;
420 handwashing devices were installed.
To people affected by natural or man-made disasters, we provide cash (for rent, repair of houses, food, medicines, clothes), short term livelihood inputs, emergency kits to cover first needs, non-food items, protection, hygiene kits and clean drinking water. We also support conflict-affected internally displaced persons and host communities. And we help to eradicate epidemics like Ebola and Cholera, to save lives and strengthen communities.
Partners and donors
Cordaid DR Congo manages funds from the Government of the Netherlands, the VPT World Fund, the Global Fund, the Embassy of Canada and the World Bank. We have benefited through our headquarters funds from many other sources, including 288,000 private donors.