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From Starbucks Newsroom: Congo coffee returns to 1700 Starbucks locations this summer!

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post originally appeared in the Starbucks Newsroom. ECI is incredibly proud to see coffee from Congo come to 1700 Starbucks stores (and online) this summer! By Heidi Peiper / Starbucks Newsroom When green coffee arrives in burlap bags each day for roasting at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, they have already traveled thousands of miles over land and sea. Each journey is unique, but perhaps none quite as extraordinary as Starbucks’ latest small-lot coffee from the eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC has some of the most fertile lan...

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Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field, Rape and Sexual Violence, Success Stories

Meet ECI's Congolese Partners for Progress

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

At ECI, we believe a robust and stable civil society is the bedrock of social and economic progress. In practice that means we support a wide range of Congolese organizations providing essential services to the citizens of Congo. From social justice to education to journalism, here are just a few of our brave and hardworking partners making real progress on the ground. To learn more about all of the organizations ECI supports, click here! AFEM's Mama Radio: Bringing women's voices and perspective to Congo's airwaves. "In my country there are people who sill live in ign...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field

Ben Affleck reflects on his tenth trip to Congo.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

(Ben Affleck recently returned from a week long visit to eastern Congo. This was his tenth trip to the region. Sign up to the ECI newsletter for more updates.) Just back home from a listening and learning trip throughout rural eastern Congo. Seven years ago, I founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a grant making and advocacy organization, focused on investing directly in the Congolese people. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to again return to Congo, seeing friends, visiting with longtime grantees, and some of our newest partners. Hard to believe t...

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Economic Development, Featured

How Blockchain Tech Can Help Congolese Farmers

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Eastern Congo Initiative and BanQu are proud to announce an innovative pilot program to fundamentally improve the lives of farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently in the DRC, most farmers have no access to banking services, no reliable information about their productivity and harvests, no access to reliable and trackable economic information, and no possibility of attaining a loan or even basic credit. A massive knowledge gap exists – to the extreme detriment of the Congolese farmer. To address this problem, ECI and BanQu will implement a dat...

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Economic Development, Education , Featured, Peace and Reconciliation

ECI's Dane Erickson speaks to the Brookings Institute on DRC elections & prospects for peace

Posted on May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

On April 10th, ECI's Managing Director Dane Erickson spoke on a panel discussion at The Brookings Institution with Michael O’Hanlon on April 10, 2017. The panel discussed current security, political, and economic challenges in DRC, and what potential future scenarios might look like. Below is an excerpt from Brookings on this important panel discussion. Dane Erickson reminded the audience that while elections are the most important issue in Congo right now, even if they were held this year it would not be a panacea for all of the current political, security, and e...

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