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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Trócaire’s work in DRC focuses on humanitarian response and building resilient communities, supporting women’s empowerment, including through governance work, and sustainable livelihood activities.

mombasa, DRC

Women participating in Trócaire's livelihood and water, sanitation and hygiene programme in Mambasa in the Ituri province of DRC. (Photo: Sophie Dupont, 2016)

Trócaire's Impact

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1990s

Trócaire has been supporting civil society in the DRC since the early 1990s. We opened our country office in 2008

Health & other benefits

20,000

People benefitted from Trócaire's programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year

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Programmes

Food and Resource Rights, Women's Empowerment, Participatory and Accountable Governance, and Humanitarian Response

Trócaire's Work in DRC

Trócaire first supported civil society organisations in the DRC in the early 1990s. We then opened an office there in 2008.

In 2015, the Trócaire office moved to be closer to affected population and local organisations, working directly with them in the Ituri province of Eastern DRC.

DRC has been one of Trócaire’s pilot countries implementing an integrated programme to increase impact and better address power inequalities.

The context of Ituri in DRC, which is affected by low intensity armed conflict and regular natural disasters, benefits from a humanitarian response to cover basic needs (food, water, shelter, protection) but also from longer-term work to promote resilient communities and gender equality.

The integrated programme is geographically-focused in the territories of Djugu and Mambasa, and brings together humanitarian, livelihoods and women's empowerment components.

The target population in Djugu and Mambasa are internally displaced people, host communities, and those who have returned following displacement.

It also includes indigenous people (pygmies) in Mambasa territory.

In addition, a humanitarian response is provided in the territory of Aru (at the border with Uganda and South Sudan), targeting both South Sudanese refugees and local population. 

Our Programmes in DRC

In line with Trócaire’s Global Strategic Plan, the key components of our work in DRC are:

1. Humanitarian Preparedness and Response

Our humanitarian programme saves lives by providing rapid emergency relief. Through our partners, we provide food, non-food item, water, hygiene and sanitation, and shelter, as well as protection services.

As emergency situations will continue to arise we are building the capacity of our partners to respond to these crises, and to help build resilient communities. 

2. Women's Empowerment

Women’s empowerment is at the heart of Trócaire work in DRC.

We work with local communities to promote gender equality, engaging men and boys as well as women and girls.

Trócaire supports women to take part in decision making processes. As part of its governance work, it has been increasing the ability of citizens, particularly women, to influence local development plans and budgets and hold local authorities accountable.

Trócaire and its partners also ensure that women have access to and control over the means of production to provide for their families.

There is a high prevalence of gender based violence in DRC, Trócaire works both in term of prevention and response for women to live free from violence. 

3. Resource Rights

For communities to better prepare, withstand and recover from crises and disasters, our interventions help communities, particularly women, to develop sustainable and strong livelihoods.

This include diversifying the sources of income, including sustainable agriculture, fisheries and small livestock.

Our Funders in DRC

The following organisations are generously funding Trócaire's current programmes in DRC:

Our Partners in DRC

  • Association des Mamans Anti Bwaki (AMAB)
  • Association pour la Protection de l'Enfance au Congo (APEC)
  • Bureau Diocésain des Œuvres Médicales (BDOM – Bunia)
  • Cadre D'Appui pour la Recherche des Solutions (CARS)
  • Caritas Mahagi
  • Caritas Wamba
  • Club des Volontaires pour l’Appui aux Peuples autochtones, en sigle (CVAP)
  • Commission Diocésaine Justice et Paix Bunia (CDJP – Bunia)
  • Commission Épiscopale Justice et Paix (CEJP)
  • Femmes Congolaises pour le Développement (FECONDE)
  • Fleuves D'Eau Vive qui Coulent aux Autres (FLEVICA)
  • Forum des Mamans de l'Ituri (FOMI)
  • Héritier du Développement au Congo (HDC)
  • Programme Amkemi Wamana (“Women. Wake up and let’s work” in Kiswhaili) (PAMA)
  • Programme d'Action pour le Développement Intégré du Paysan (PADIP)
  • Programme Nourriture D'Abord (PNA)
  • Solidarité Féminine pour la Paix et le Développement Intégral (SOFEPADI)
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - RDC (WILPF)

Updates from DRC

Contact Us

For enquiries about our programmes in DRC contact Sophie DuPont: sophie.dupont (at) trocaire.org / +243 81 658 3566

Country Context

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced civil war since 1997, which has caused an estimated 5.4 million deaths, half of which were children under five years of age.

The country is one of the poorest in the word and ranked 176 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (UNDP 2015). The majority of the population rely on farming to feed themselves. Human rights violations continue to increase, with civilians experiencing violence even after a peace treaty was signed between government and rebel groups in 2013.

This conflict, along with severe poverty, has caused 2. 8 million people to be displaced inside the country.  Women and girls face additional problems in the form of gender-based violence, with over 1.9 million women in the DRC experiencing rape during their life.

Although the country has large natural resources available for mining, poor infrastructure and corruption among authorities has reduced the country’s chances of developing their economy.