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Congo’s Disabled Young Men and Women Stand Proud

Posted on Oct 30, 2015

When the Congolese Association Standing Proud in Goma celebrated the opening of their brand new Cyber Café, ECI was invited to see first-hand the success of the space we helped fund! 

Girls’ Education Through Sport in DRC

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

On Promo Jeune Basket’s court in Goma, DRC Amanda Kabantu is a force to be reckoned with. From the bleachers one would never know that at 14 years old, she is one of the youngest players on PJB’s elite girls basketball team. Playing with and against girls sometimes twice her age, she easily dribbles up the court, crosses over, and executes a crisp chest pass to a teammate as if she has been doing this for years. 

Women’s media: knowledge and power

Posted on Jun 02, 2015

Amplifying the voices of Congolese women through rural radio clubs across the region: a complex and sophisticated network of sharing, learning and empowerment.

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

Posted on Nov 03, 2014

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 […]

Uniting to advocate for Security Sector Reform

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

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 […]

Supporting women to be economic decision makers

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

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 […]