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Ben Affleck reflects on his tenth trip to Congo.

Posted on Sep 01, 2017

(Ben Affleck recently returned from a week long visit to eastern Congo. This was his tenth trip to the region. Sign up to the ECI newsletter for more updates.) Just back home from a listening and learning trip throughout rural eastern Congo. Seven years ago, I founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a grant making and advocacy […]

Meet ECI’s Congolese Partners for Progress

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

At ECI, we believe a robust and stable civil society is the bedrock of social and economic progress. In practice that means we support a wide range of Congolese organizations providing essential services to the citizens of Congo. From social justice to education to journalism, below are just a few of our brave and hardworking […]

Mama Radio: Fighting for gender equality, one story at a time.

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

Gender equality is going viral in Congo “We must not stop. We must continue to report the news. We must continue to raise awareness.” – Elian Polepole, Mama Radio.  Every morning the journalists of ECI partner Mama Radio – a DRC radio station – gather their editorial board together to review the day’s docket of […]

KISANY Changes the Lives of Congolese Women

Posted on May 01, 2016

For the past 13 years, ECI partner KISANY has changed the lives of African women by providing skills training and work. In helping these women achieve financial independence, KISANY gives them control over their lives and a secure place in their community.

Educating the Future Leaders of Congo

Posted on Dec 08, 2015

By Bismack Biyombo Statistics on education in the DRC are not encouraging, but I am confident that smart investments can help the country’s youth create a brighter future.

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! 

Chocolate’s transformative potential for eastern Congo

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

By Baraka Kasali The Democratic Republic of Congo was once considered the breadbasket of central Africa, but due to war and insecurity the production of crops and farmer livelihoods have declined. Investment in creating income-generating opportunities is the fastest and most sustainable way to lift the Congolese people out of the cycle of poverty. Nearly […]

ECI Hosts U.S. Senate Delegation in Goma

Posted on Aug 25, 2013

Today in Goma, Eastern Congo Initiative hosted the largest delegation of U.S. Senators ever to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The delegation was led by Senators Lindsey Graham, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations, and included Senators Saxby Chambliss, Roy Blunt, John Thune, Mike Johanns and John Barrasso.  While in Goma, Senator Graham also sat down with ECI grantee Mutaani FM for an exclusive interview on his impressions from the visit and his hopes for the region.