Explore the videos in ECI's YouTube gallery and learn about the eastern DRC from those who live there. Watch captivating stories about the work ECI and its partners are doing throughout the region, and learn about the efforts being made everyday by Congolese-led community-based organizations.

Introduction - Eastern Congo Initiative

Posted: January 11, 2013

Founded by Ben Affleck, the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. We envision an eastern Congo vibrant with abundant opportunities for economic and social development, where a robust civil society can flourish. ECI believes that local, community-based approaches are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo. Eastern Congo Initiative is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States. ECI investors include the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Humanity United, Cindy Hensley McCain, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs of Emerson Collective, williamsworks and others.

More Videos (click to play):

  • A 'New Day' for students in eastern Congo.

  • The Amani Festival gives center stage to Congolese Entrepreneurs

  • Coffee farming brings hope to rural Congolese communities

  • The Radio Carries a Message of Equality for Women in DRC

  • How ECI Invests in Congolese Ingenuity

  • Ben Affleck and the Eastern Congo Initiative team with Starkey Hearing Foundation

  • Cocoa and Communities

  • The Great Coffee from Kivu

  • Being Transformed to Transform

  • Revitalizing Congo's Coffee Sector

  • Growing Congo's Cocoa Sector

  • Can Aid Work Itself Out of Business?

  • Landscape Analysis of Community Based Organizations in Eastern DRC - Introduction

  • USAID and Eastern Congo Initiative Partner to Conduct Landscape Analysis of CBOs in DRC

  • Landscape Analysis of Community Based Organizations in Eastern DRC - Panzi Hospital

  • Landscape Analysis of Community Based Organizations in Eastern DRC - HEAL Africa

  • Introduction - Eastern Congo Initiative

  • An Animated History of Eastern Congo Initiative

  • Child Survival in DRC

  • ECI CBO Success Stories: Children's Voice

  • ECI CBO Success Stories: HEAL Africa

  • Call to Action: Child Survival

  • Happy Mother's Day from Eastern Congo

  • Happy Mother's Day from Eastern Congo with Intro from ECI Founder, Ben Affleck

  • chardust

  • Eastern Congo

  • Yole! Africa: Salaam Kivu International Film Festival

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