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ECI News April 15, 2016

How Ben Affleck is Fighting for Women in the Congo

Genevieve Roth | Glamour Magazine

In a village called Kibati, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, stands a brown single-room building. Inside, a cluster of men and women sit on benches in a circle. One by one women stand up and speak. Their voices are strong. Every now and then a joke is made and people laugh.

Congo MPs Want Court Ruling on Kabila’s Future if Polls Not Held

Aaron Ross | Reuters

Supporters of Congo President Joseph Kabila want the country’s highest court to rule on whether he would stay in power if his government fails to hold election due in November, a senior ally said on Thursday. 

AU Appoints Edem Kodjo to Lead DR Congo’s National Dialogue


African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday officially appointed ex-Togolese prime minister Edem Kodjo as the facilitator in the national dialogue initiated by Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) President Joseph Kabila.

On the Move

The Economist

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Africa’s largest and least functional countries, the number of people with bank accounts has increased from just 50,000 in 2005 to over 3m in a population of about 80m. 

U.S. Special Envoy Discusses Regional Mediation in Burundi, DRC


United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Thomas Perriello, is in the midst of an extended trip which is focused on donor coordination, supporting efforts to advance the regionally mediated dialogue among all Burundian stakeholders and supporting upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.