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The Congo Farmer Trust: Investing in Congolese Ingenuity

Posted on Feb 24, 2017

“The opportunity of Congo starts with the people.” – Baraka Kasali, Country Director, ECI Meet Emil Ntaminabare Batera. Emil is part of an exciting movement in eastern Congo – the revitalization of the region’s agricultural sector. Emil and his wife are coffee farmers in North Kivu, one of the world’s most fertile regions for coffee […]

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 […]

Challenging injustice for vulnerable women

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

By Claudine Tsongo ‘Without justice, we will never move forward in Congo. Without accountability and the rule of law, the Congolese people – and above all, Congolese women – will never be able to realize their full potential.’  I’m a lawyer and I’ve seen first-hand how Congolese women, particularly those from rural areas, are disadvantaged and […]

Amplifying women’s voices in Congo

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

By Chouchou Namegabe ‘Women’s rights are human rights. The fundamental liberties of women must be respected and defended, both in Congo and around the world. When those rights are violated, we all have a responsibility to be bold and to reject inequality.’ Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face enormous challenges. Many are forced […]

Vibrant arts festival in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 24, 2014

By Sekombi Katondolo Speaking to my friends living abroad over the Christmas period, many were surprised to hear that I spent December watching rap battles, acrobats and fire-eaters in Goma – a city most people tend to associate more with conflict and poverty. Around a month ago, we launched the Buzz Art Festival – a week-long […]

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 Partner Dr. Denis Mukwege Nominated for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Panzi Hospital’s inspirational founder and medical director, Dr. Denis Mukwege, has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, with the results to be announced tomorrow, October 11 in Oslo. Dr. Mukwege has been a leading advocate for women’s rights in eastern Congo for decades, and has provided treatment to over 30,000 Congolese women who have been raped or attacked.

ECI and USAID Partner to Support Congolese Community-Based Organizations

Posted on Aug 14, 2013

In the DRC, one of the biggest obstacles to delivering effective support to community-based organizations is the “information gap,” a lack of precise information about these organizations and their capacity to meet the most pressing needs of their communities. Last year, in response to the challenge, and with the support of USAID, ECI conducted a landscape analysis of community-based organizations across Maniema, Orientale, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. The result is a report and online database of community-based organizations that gives policy leaders, investors and analysts insights into the work being done to create sustainable and successful change in Eastern Congo, straight from the Congolese people.