The Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) believes that bringing about lasting change in eastern Congo requires providing key national and international policymakers with the information they need to make informed decisions. In an effort to achieve this goal, ECI has developed a number of comprehensive reports and publications highlighting some of the most important issues facing DRC. Please use the links below to explore ECI’s publications.
During the past decade, donors and companies have begun to build viable coffee and cocoa sectors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The locus of activity has been in eastern Congo, where decades of conflict and poor governance have displaced populations and ruined livelihoods. While the political and security environment in the DRC does not favor large-scale cash crop production, the climatic conditions do. Eastern Congo, particularly the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu, produces excellent coffee and cocoa. Furthermore, eastern Congo has a successful history of large-scale coffee production, first under the Belgian colonists, then in the first decades of independence before the sector fell apart under President Mobuto Sese Seko.
SSR Report Card (2013-09-21)
2012 Year End Report (2013-02-25)
In 2012, ECI continued to work with Congolese-led community-based organizations (CBOs) that are making measurable impact in improving the lives of children, women, farmers, families, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs and former soldiers.
This report highlights ECI’s major accomplishments of 2012 including the Security Sector Reform publication as well as ECI’s partnership with Theo Chocolate.
Taking a Stand on Security Sector Reform (2012-04-16)
In partnership with an international coalition of civil society organizations, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) launched a joint report on security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
République Démocratique du Congo : Prendre position sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurite (2012-04-15)
The French translation of report entitled: “Taking a Stand on Security Sector Reform.”
2011 Year End Report (2012-02-01)
In 2011, ECI worked with nearly a dozen
Congolese-led community-based organizations (CBOs) that are making measurable impact in improving the lives of children, women, farmers, families, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs and former soldiers.
This report highlights ECI’s major accomplishments in 2011 and establishes goals for the organization moving forward.
Democratic Republic of Congo 2011 Presidential Elections – Eastern Congo Initiative’s Final Report (2012-01-10)
ECI sent a delegation to observe the November 2011 elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and this report was prepared from the findings and observations made during that visit.
Technical Issues Threaten Free, Fair, and Transparent Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Urgent Steps Required (2011-06-01)
A report released by ECI prior to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s national elections, held in November 2011. The report highlights the major challenges to free and fair elections in the DRC, and provides recommendations on how to increase transparency and promote a democratic election process.
The full-length report from ECI’s Landscape Analysis of Community-based Organizations (CBOs).
The executive summary of ECI’s Landscape Analysis of Community-based Organizations (CBOs).
The summary report of ECI’s Landscape Analysis of Community-based Organizations (CBOs).
A White Paper Commissioned by Eastern Congo Initiative