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Working Towards Peace in the DRC


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Dear Friends, 

At ECI we are honored to partner with Congolese-run organizations working towards peace and economic prosperity. Be they farmers producing world-class cash crops, women journalists promoting gender equality, or teachers educating the next generation of Congolese leaders, the energy and commitment they demonstrate is inspiring. 

At the same time, the Congolese are facing a number of challenges which threaten to undermine gains made in recent years. The recent detestable violence in Kasai, looming macro-economic concerns, and the protracted political crisis are all causes for concern, vigilance, and action.

I am reminded of these words by Eleanor Roosevelt: “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Day in and day out, our partners work for peace in Congo. At this critical time let’s do everything we can to support that work. Click here to get involved today! 

Dane Erickson, 
Managing Director, ECI

New This Month from ECI

Lush Cosmetics & ECI: Growing Peace Through Cocoa in Congo

Learn how Lush Cosmetics is sustainably sourcing cocoa from eastern Congo for its products. In partnership with ECI, “Lush’s respect for the farmers in eastern Congo is setting a new standard for how companies should engage in the region.” – Baraka Kasali, ECI. Read more…

Third Saveur du Kivu to Highlight Congolese Specialty Coffee

ECI is proud to support the third annual Saveur Du Kivu coffee event, returning to Bukavu on May 22-26. 

Designed not only as a celebration of DRC coffee, the event will include a conference, farm visits and a cupping competition overseen by a panel of international judges using Specialty Coffee Association global standards, while offering potential buyers access to some of the finest coffees currently coming out of the DRC’s reemerging coffee market. Read more…

The Women of Mama Radio Report on Women’s Rights in DRC

Meet the women journalists of “Mama Radio”. These courageous women report on women’s rights and gender equality – adding a much-needed female perspective to Congo’s media landscape. Watch…

Brookings Panel Event: Crisis in Congo: The way forward in 2017 and beyond

ECI’s Managing Director Dane Erickson spoke on a panel discussion at The Brookings Institution with Michael O’Hanlon on April 10, 2017.  The panel discussed current security, political, and economic challenges in DRC, and what potential future scenarios might look like. 


The Future of Coffee Farming Is Female – Anna Brones, Sprudge – read

Pope Francis calls for peace in DR Congo – AFPread

Father of UN Expert Killed in Congo Wants Son’s Work to Continue – William Clowes, Voice of Americaread

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