Posted on Mar 24, 2020
Today I am writing to offer my moral support to the whole ECI family around the world. In addition, I want to keep you up to date about how the pandemic is affecting ECI staff, partners, and people we serve. Aujourd’hui, j’écris avant tout pour offrir mon soutien moral à toute la famille ECI dans le monde. De plus, je veux vous tenir au courant de la façon dont la pandémie affecte le personnel, les partenaires et les personnes que nous servons. — Abraham
Posted on Mar 06, 2020
We at ECI have been preparing for the possibility that the virus should reach DRC or neighboring countries. Please be assured that we are putting protocols in place to protect the members of our staff. Please read this memo carefully, and stay alert for more guidance from ECI and Congolese health officials. À ECI, nous nous préparons à la possibilité que le virus atteigne la RDC ou les pays voisins. Soyez assuré que nous mettons en place des protocoles pour protéger les membres de notre personnel. S'il vous plaît lire cette note attentivement, et rester vigilant pour plus de conseils...
Posted on Feb 20, 2020
I am writing to you from Bukavu, where the year is off to a busy start. Congo has been going through an Ebola outbreak, but I am happy to say it seems to be under control. The new government of President Félix Tshisekedi is reaching out to the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi — a promising start to the healing of old wounds in our region. Meanwhile, we are expecting Monusco, the UN peacekeeping force in DRC, to step down their troop levels. We’re keeping an eye on the situation, which has the potential to affect the economy and security of some of our partners...
Posted on Oct 01, 2019
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Posted on Apr 26, 2018
UPDATE! On July 23rd the Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance was chosen as a finalist in the P3 Impact Awards. Click here to read the article from the US Department of State’s website. The Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance: Helping farmers in eastern DRC regain lost ground In 2013, while fleeing fighting between DRC government forces and […]
Posted on Mar 13, 2018
This piece first appeared on the Center for Strategic and International Studies website and accompanies a new report from CSIS and ECI examining challenges and opportunities in the DRC cocoa and coffee sectors. Assessing the Growth Potential of Eastern Congo’s Coffee and Cocoa Sectors Richard Downie, CSIS March 8th, 2018 During the past decade, donors and […]
Posted on Feb 23, 2018
The Amani Peace Festival began in 2013 when the notorious rebel group, M23, occupied the city of Goma in eastern Congo. Now in its fifth year, the festival is inspiring proof of Congolese resiliency. It’s also just a lot of fun. A day of music and art, the Amani Festival attracts people from across Goma’s multi-ethnic […]
Posted on Feb 02, 2018
(Photos by Gerry Kahashy, ECI) In the Lake Kivu/Virunga National Park region of eastern Congo, landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) are a constant danger to coffee workers and their families. Indiscriminate as to their victims, mines and ERW have killed thousands of Congolese civilians. Children, especially, have been affected, accounting for more than […]
Posted on Dec 19, 2017
(This article was printed in the New York Times Opinion section on December 4th, 2017) When I first visited eastern Congo in 2006, it was difficult to understand how anyone could be hopeful about the region’s future. The Congolese had just emerged from a decade of some of the worst violence the world had known […]
Posted on Dec 05, 2017
This post is from Richard Downie at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Can the once-thriving coffee sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) be revived? An increasing number of players seem to think so, including donors, coffee companies, the Congolese government, and many thousands of farmers. Their initial investments, centered on the […]