Democratic Republic of Congo

Although the civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) officially ended in 2003, violence continues to plague parts of the country, posing a challenge to community development work and prolonging the humanitarian crisis.

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo (PEAC) to implement a methodology called Ensemble Nous Pouvons (ENP, "Together We Can") to strengthen communities against conflict and improve resilience. Through this program, the Church works with local groups to mobilize their existing skills and resources to create community projects and income-generating activities. These efforts strengthen relationships by empowering people to shape their communities and build a better future together.

PEAC and Episcopal Relief & Development are also working with IMA World Health to address gender-based violence (GBV) through increasing church and community participation in GBV response, awareness and prevention. The program was piloted in the Diocese of Aru in 2016 to develop a context-specific methodology for use in other dioceses around the DRC.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy

 Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and increasing care and services for survivors

Democratic Republic of Congo Press Releases & Stories

A Community Effort: Ending Gender-Based ViolenceWorld Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End MalariaTurning a Cow, Flowers and Laboring Hands into Assets in the Democratic Republic of CongoWorld Malaria Day 2015: NetsforLife® Doubles Malaria Net Total, Expands Volunteer Capacity

Fast Facts

An estimated 63% of the population of the DRC lives below the poverty line.

The country has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and other sexual violence.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  Learn more »

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

Goal 16: Peace and Justice

Goal 16: Peace and JusticePromote just, peaceful and inclusive societies  Learn more »

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