Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Fact Sheet

USAID programs strengthen the ability of the Government of the DRC and civil society organizations to deliver basic services and encourages greater citizen participation in political processes. Our assistance supports free, fair, and credible elections and improves access to information so that citizens may participate fully in the democratic process, and make more informed decisions. 

Integrated Governance  Activity - Development Alternatives, Inc. - Jan 9, 2017 - Jan 8, 2022; $ 40,706,095

Strengthens key governance institutions to improve the delivery of health, education, and economic growth services at the community level and support the social contract between citizens and the government in the DRC. This activity, 1) Strengthens the capacity of select Congolese government institutions to fulfil mandates; 2) increases effective development of targeted sub-national government entities through collaboration with citizens; 3) Increases citizen demand for accountable, transparent, and participatory government services. It operates in Kinshasa and select priority provinces (i.e. Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, Haut Katanga, Lualaba, South Kivu, and North Kivu). 

Elections Observation Activity - Justice and Peace Congo - Jan 12, 2017 - Jan 13, 2020; $4.1 million

Contributes to the promotion of credible, transparent, and peaceful elections in the DRC. The activity: 1) Enhances Justice and Peace Congo’s institutional capacity; 2) Strengthens their technical capacity to conduct electoral observation activities in line with international standards; 3) Deploys their domestic electoral observers to monitor the pre-electoral environment in the lead up to elections and the activities on election day; and, 4) Conducts effective electoral-related advocacy activities to improve the credibility of the elections. 

Congo Demokrasia Civic and Voter Education Activity - Counterpart International - May 6, 2015 - May 6, 2020; $23.5 million

Promotes Congolese citizens’ informed voting and active and peaceful participation in elections, including: (1) Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first-ever local elections; (2) Senatorial and provincial elections; and (3) Presidential and National Assembly elections. 

Media Sector Development Activity - FHI 360 & Internews  - July 1, 2019 - June 28, 2024; $15 million

Promotes a more open and vibrant media sector that contributes to more responsive and transparent institutions. The activity 1) strengthens the legal and regulatory environment for media; 2) supports targeted media outlets to become more independent and professional; and 3) increases access to high-quality public-interest reporting. 

USAID-DRC Funded Electoral Integrity Activity - Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening - Jul 24, 2018 - Aug 31, 2020; $3.6 million

Increases transparency and inclusion in elections, promotes citizen engagement of political and electoral processes, and conducts impartial ongoing analysis and reporting on political and electoral processes. It supports the capacity of domestic observation groups to coordinate efforts and make recommendations to improve the credibility of the process. 

Last updated: September 03, 2019

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