Peace and Security

USAID strengthens a foundation for durable peace in all geographies where USAID/DRC manages programming. We oversee conflict mitigation and social protection activities in Eastern Congo, CAR, and the Mbomou-Uele border region (southeastern CAR & northeastern DRC). USAID also provides thought leadership to incorporate conflict sensitivity into programming across geographic and technical areas.

USAID Solutions for Peace and Recovery

MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL
August 30, 2016 to August 29, 2021; $19,541,302 

Strengthens the role and voices of local communities and civil society organizations in analyzing and putting forward solutions to violent conflict and encourages using the analysis to influence decision-makers. Increases social cohesion through inclusion of women and marginalized groups in seven priority territories of eastern DRC, namely Walungu, Kabare, Kalehe, Bukavu City, Masisi, Walikale, and Goma City.

USAID Counter Gender-Based Violence Program

IMA WORLD HEALTH
November 14, 2017 to November 13, 2022 ; $15,295,259 

Provides emergency and long-term assistance to sexual and gender-based violence survivors and strengthens Congolese institutions to address it in the future. We provide a holistic set of essential services to survivors, including access to medical care, psychosocial support, economic reintegration, vocational and literacy training, income generating activities, fighting impunity for perpetrators through support for legal reform, and strengthening of civilian and military judicial systems. Community awareness activities and information campaigns promote women’s rights, acceptance of rape survivors, and equity for women.

Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Resolution 

PACT INC.
August 23, 2018 - August 21, 2020; $1,480,197

Reduces the incidence of conflict between the Batwa and Baluba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Strengthens peace and reconciliation efforts in the Nyunzu, Kalemie, Manono, and Kabalo communities by increasing cooperation and co-existence between the Batwa and Baluba peoples. Also strengthens conflict mitigation mechanisms and resolution processes for peace-building while improving livelihoods through social cohesion and collaboration.

Central African Interfaith Peacebuilding Partnership

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Jan 2016 - Jan 2021; $3.5 million (USG contribution) with $4.2 million non-USG leveraged funding

 

Addresses the religious and social divisions that have arisen during the conflict in CAR. Through partnership with the CAR Inter-Religious Platform and local civil society, the partnership strengthens local leaders’ capacity to build peace, improves livelihoods, and provides trauma healing and peace education. It is a Global Development Alliance supported by various private sector partners and coordinates with CAR’s Ministry of Social Affairs and National Reconciliation.

Connecting Citizens to Post Electoral Political Processes

INTERNEWS NETWORK
Oct 2016 - Sept 2020; $4,800,000

Promotes responsible journalism in a context where social and religious divisions, mistrust between communities, and rumors have fueled years of conflict. This activity encourages independent and unbiased reporting in CAR, increases citizens' access to responsible media coverage, and enhances citizens' ability to engage in political processes. It builds the organizational capacity and financial independence of Internews’ local partner, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights.

People to People Peacebuilding Activity 

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Aug 2018 - Aug 2020; $1,500,000

Helps the communities in Lobaye build and maintain peace within and across identity lines. Through participative processes and an appreciative inquiry approach, the activity will create opportunities for recurring formal and informal engagement between different identity groups to help them build trust, empathy and socio-economic ties. The activity will equip the community members with savings and entrepreneurial skills to manage personal financial affairs and build socioeconomic networks. Together with a local partner Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission Lobaye, the activity will engage local leaders, economic groups, and youth to adopt improved conflict management strategies to resolve identity-based conflicts effectively, equitably, and peacefully.

Our Central Africa Today (Be Africa) Rapid Response Activity 

SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND  
Oct 2018 - Jul 2019; $150,000

Increases non-violent communication and reduces intercommunal violence by countering hate speech, rumors and misinformation in the capital city Bangui. The activity will improve the capacity, and mobilize social media and radio in a conflict-sensitive manner to counter rumors, provide reliable and accurate information, and broadcast messages of peace. Through rapid, high-impact communication activities and engagement with youth groups, religious leaders, media, and the government, Be Africa will empower local actors to mitigate and prevent violent mobilization. 

Community Resilience in Central Africa

INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Oct 2017 - Oct 2022; $25,100,000 

Responds to the violent and unstable conditions created by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other armed groups operating in southeastern CAR and northeastern DRC. The activity continues USAID’s previous work through the “Secured, Empowered, Connected Communities,” using both high frequency radios and community mobilization to create an early warning network against the LRA and other security threats. It also connects communities across the region using FM radios, supports community reintegration of former combatants, and assists communities in recovery through trauma healing and investments in basic economic activities that create alternatives to armed violence. 

Last updated: September 03, 2019

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