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Cordaid NL

Democratic Republic of Congo

Some annual results (2018)

  • 10,000,000 children benefit from the Education Quality Improvement Project
  • 169,839 anti-tuberculosis patients put under treatment
  • 35,314 young people received counseling on family planning and use of modern contraceptive methods

Global Peace Index

158/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2020)

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

Interim Country Director DRC

Guus Eskens

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

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 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.

92,4 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 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
    • 25,804 homosexual 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.

2. Child & Education

  • Key result 2019
    • 1252 schools continued their PBF training and 98 schools started with this training
    • 1349 school heads were trained in using performance-based financing to improve education

Cordaid also uses performance-based financing (PBF) to improve the Congolese education system and to improve the quality of education of 1350 school.

In Congo, Cordaid supports schools using the unique Results-Based Financing (RBF) approach. This allows more children to go to school, to complete their education, and it improves the quality of education. Image: Ilvy Njiokiktjien.

3. Lobby & Advocacy

  • Key results 2019
    • 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.

4. Security & Justice

  • Key result 2019
    • 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.

Pascasie, a peer educator at the health center of Combo, South Kivu. Image: 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.



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