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Featured, Rape and Sexual Violence, Success Stories

DFJ’s legal support for survivors of sexual violence in North Kivu

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the vast majority of crimes in DRC, the criminals responsible suffer no legal consequences for their actions. Respondents to ECI’s opinion polling across the DRC who were witnesses to a crime reported that only in one in three had received any form of punishment. Sylvie (name changed) was raped while she was still a minor, resulting in a pregnancy when she was just 16 years old. Sylvie is not alone. In ECI’s opinion polling of thousands of people across DRC, 15% of respondents identified rape as the most common crime in their community, and 66% reported t...

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Featured, Security Sector Reform

Uniting to advocate for Security Sector Reform

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 2011 to 2013, ECI polled thousands of people across Congo on issues important to them, including their thoughts on security. In this polling, only 11% of respondents reported feeling ‘completely secure.’ Furthermore, 50% of respondents believed that a stronger national army and police force would be the single most effective way to improve the security of their families and communities. By Emmanuel Kabengele With the security situation in DRC still precarious, particularly in the eastern provinces, the need for Congolese army and police reform is urgen...

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Economic Development

Supporting women to be economic decision makers

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

On average, 66% of respondents to ECI’s opinion polling stated that economic development is important to them, making the economy the single highest priority of the Congolese people, even higher than security concerns. And though 45% of respondents believe that the situation will improve, there was a clear regional disparity in economic confidence. People polled in the eastern provinces were more than twice as likely to be pessimistic about their personal economic future as their counterparts in the west of the country. The DRC has posted consistent macroeconomic ...

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Featured, Health

Facilitating access to maternal care on Idjwi Island

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

With challenges to accessing maternal care, conflict, and a high fertility rate, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a mother. The most recent data from the World Bank estimates a maternal mortality rate of 730 deaths per 100,000 live births – the 6th highest in the world. In ECI’s opinion poll of the people of DRC, more than a quarter of respondents had experienced the death of a child in their immediate family. The first few months of a child’s life are a critical period; infants develop motor skills...

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Featured, Success Stories

Challenging injustice for vulnerable women

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Claudine Tsongo ‘Without justice, we will never move forward in Congo. Without accountability and the rule of law, the Congolese people – and above all, Congolese women - will never be able to realize their full potential.’ I’m a lawyer and I’ve seen first-hand how Congolese women, particularly those from rural areas, are disadvantaged and discriminated against by our justice system. Limited access to legal services is an obstacle to progress and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I wanted to be a lawyer for as long...

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