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Cordaid NL

Democratic Republic of Congo

Some annual results 2017

  • 85,806adults receive antiretroviral therapy
  • 667tons of HIV medicine distributed annually to even most remote areas
  • 37,767vulnerable children have access to basic education
  • 177,345children have access to sexual and reproductive health care

Global Peace Index

156/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2018)

Country Office

Democratic Republic of Congo flag Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Visiting address
65 Tshatshi Boulevard,
Residence FIKHUSS Commune of Gombe

Postal address
PO Box 351 Kinshasa I
DR Congo

Phone: +243 (0) 99 100 18 32

Country Director DRC

Dr Congo

Sylvain Duhau

Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo

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 field regional offices in Bukavu, Goma, Gemena, Kananga and Bunia.

Read more about Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo

Where does Cordaid work?

We support and strengthen health systems to provide access to basic health care in 24 out of 26 DR Congo provinces. 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.

84,1 Million


Rural population

Urban population

2.2% annual

GDP growth

28.8 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

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 five different yet related sectors helps achieve this:

Health care

Cordaid makes health care more accessible and improves the quality of care in 24 out 26 provinces. Our Results-Based Financing (RBF) approach, enables patients to have a say in the way they are treated and safeguards quality of and access to health care services in DR Congo.

Since 2012, Cordaid has been the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS in the DR Congo. By 2020, we commit to reduce 80% of new infections in the general population and targeted populations, to enroll 95% of tuberculosis and HIV co-infected patients on antiretroviral drugs.

Child & Education

Cordaid uses RBF to improve the Congolese education system. RBF helps to achieve increased quantity (more children in school) and higher quality (improved learning outcomes and relevance).

Lobby & Advocacy

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 formalisation 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.

Security & Justice

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.

Women Leadership

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.

Humanitarian Aid

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 IDPs and host communities. And we help to eradicate epidemics like Ebola and Cholera, to save lives and strengthen communities.

Pascasie, a peer educator at the health center of Combo, South Kivu (© Martin van der Beelen/Cordaid)

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.

Cordaid also works closely with national DRC partners, including Caritas Congo, UCOP+, Medicus Mundi and B-DOM.

Democratic Republic of Congo team

Dr Congo

Sylvain Duhau

Country Director DRC
243 (0) 99 100 18 30 / +243 (0) 82 774 92 70

Jean-Lambert Mandjo Aholoma

Coordinator HIV-Tuberculosis Global Fund Project

Farida Eliaka

Communication Advisor

Christian Bahizi

Administrator East

Alphonse M’mewa

Kinshasa Office Manager
+243 (0) 991001831

Olivier Chibashimba

Program advisor Security & Justice
+243 (0) 972001625

Fabien Mayani

Program manager Lobby and Advocacy
+243 (0) 812711379

Seydou Ndiay

Program Manager JS3: Youth, sexuality and security
+243 (0) 97 200 16 23

Billy Yuma

Human resources manager
+243 (0) 974942916

Silvia Tapinassi

Financial manager

Mamadou Sylla

Deputy Country Director
+243 (0)972001621