Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) provides multi-sectoral assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable host populations affected by conflict. The aim is to reduce immediate protection risks and household vulnerabilities through a rapid and relevant humanitarian response that strengthens people’s protective environment. DRC’s priority is to address the most urgent needs of communities through implementing protection activities, providing safe water, hygiene and sanitation, safe shelter (emergency and transitional), food security and improved livelihoods.
In the East part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the situation remains complex and marked by numerous challenges. The region faces armed conflict, ethnic tensions, armed groups and persistent security problems.
The civilian population is greatly affected by these conflicts, with thousands of people internally displaced or seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Humanitarian conditions in IDP camps are often precarious. There are around 2.3 million displaced persons in North Kivu, while in Ituri the number stands at 1.7 million.
Despite these challenges, efforts are being made to resolve the region's problems. The Congolese authorities, with the support of international partners such as DRC, are working to reinforce security and restore dignity to the affected populations.
Core sectors Democratic Republic of Congo
Source: | DRC Foresight
28 Feb 2023
DRC scales up its response in Drodro as civilians continue to bear the brunt of the escalation of violence
14 Jun 2022
Press release: International NGOs working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo condemn repeated deadly attacks on displaced civilians
12 Jan 2022
Suspension of essential services will worsen the already severe humanitarian crisis in DR Congo
25 Nov 2021
Thousands of people in DR Congo are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance amid a new surge of violence
Why we are there
In this context of a deteriorating humanitarian situation, DRC is strengthening its strategic positioning in order to support multi-sectoral interventions and respond better to the needs of displaced populations, children made vulnerable by the conflicts, people at risk of, and survivors of, Gender Based Violence (GBV), as well as people with disabilities.
Due to the destruction of community infrastructure, people returning to their homes face difficulty accessing basic care structures like health centers and schools and lack job opportunities to ensure their survival.
The care of children who have left armed groups remains urgent as well as the reintegration of vulnerable children into school.
The population faces low water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) coverage and deplorable conditions in host families.
Shelter needs are particularly critical in these areas, especially transitional/local construction shelters for displaced households in spontaneous sites and in host families.
There are protection gaps to be covered in terms of identifying victims of human rights violations through protection monitoring, referring survivors of these violations to care structures, identifying the urgent needs of vulnerable people in displacement situations through proper profiling, strengthening the social fabric through activities that bring communities together, and fighting impunity through legal support for victims to ensure that their rights are respected and enjoyed.
What we do
DRC provides a holistic response based on an analysis of the humanitarian context, vulnerabilities and capacities.
In terms of shelter, DRC targets displaced people, the affected host community and returnees, in strict compliance with the "do no harm" principle. To this end, DRC assists communities in the construction of emergency shelters (for IDPs) and transitional shelters (in areas of return).
DRC aims to strengthen access to water, hygiene and sanitation services for displaced people in sites, host families/communities and neighboring communities by building/rehabilitating water points, sanitation and hygiene infrastructures (latrines and showers) accompanied by hygiene promotion.
The Education response aims to ensure access (to) and quality of education for displaced children and host households in a safe and protective environment. The minimum package of activities for the immediate and long-term response focuses on training/sensitizing teachers and communities, setting up temporary learning spaces and emergency latrines, distributing school supplies to pupils and teachers as well as educational and recreational kits to schools, and distributing hygiene and sanitation kits.
DRC works on the prevention (of) and response to gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection, with an emphasis on building the capacity of community structures with a view to sustainability. Psychosocial support is offered to survivors, as well as individual protection assistance (API), case management and referral.
A new approach has been introduced as part of the implementation of GBV prevention activities: the SASA! Together approach developed by Raising Voices. DRC also keeps a specific focus on access to safe spaces for children and improving the activities and services offered within child-friendly spaces.
The food security and livelihoods response aim to mitigate the immediate effects of food insecurity within vulnerable households through cash assistance, agricultural recovery activities and advocacy for access to arable land. DRC ensures the economic recovery of households through income-generating activities, Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and Cash for Work (CFW) schemes. The new Graduation approach introduced is a pilot phase to enable households to gradually emerge from extreme poverty over a two-year period through 4 pillars: social protection, financial inclusion, social empowerment and livelihood promotion.
Working in collaboration with
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Executive Director East Africa & Great Lakes