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August 4, 2022

Entrusting the management of tropical forests to the people who live in and depend on them is the fairest and most effective means of protecting them. However, until recently, communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had no possibility of securing legal rights to their rainforest home. Building on the passage of landmark community forest legislation, this project aims to lay the foundations for community-based forest management in DRC, by empowering local and indigenous communities to secure their rights and thrive through sustainable livelihoods.

SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE photo
August 4, 2022

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is a human rights violation, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. Preventing and responding to SGBV is a cornerstone of the Agency’s commitment to advancing gender equality. Since 2002, the United States Government has been a major donor in the response to, and prevention of, SGBV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Deep-seated gender discrimination, harmful cultural practices, and the low social status of women and girls in the country contribute to high rates of SGBV in the country. USAID programming integrates activities to counter SGBV through a cross-sectoral approach including health, education, peace and security, and humanitarian assistance programs, challenging gender inequality nationwide, and expanding access to services. USAID provides services in health centers within conflict- affected health zones of North Kivu and South Kivu. These programs deliver clinical management and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence cases, training for health staff on the medical management of SGBV, awareness raising and provision of psychosocial care to survivors in conflict-affected zones of North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. USAID programming also countered SGBV as part of the Mission’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

Inclusive Economic Growth Photo
August 4, 2022

USAID seeks to accelerate inclusive economic growth by enabling Congolese businesses to grow from micro- and small enterprises to medium-sized enterprises, and by strengthening their market linkages to local and international markets. USAID invests in key aspects of the Congolese economy—agriculture, minerals, and energy—to reduce poverty and eliminate food insecurity by reducing dependence on food imports.

April 8, 2021

The goal of USAID/Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) 2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) is: A More Peaceful and Prosperous DRC with Improved Opportunities for Communities and Individuals to Thrive. This high-level goal encapsulates USAID’s long-term vision of a DRC where all communities and people are empowered to move their country closer to self-reliance.

March 6, 2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $3.5 million in rapid response Ebola assistance to support efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea. The assistance will support disease surveillance, laboratory testing, infection prevention and control, contact tracing, community awareness and social mobilization, and logistics management.

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Last updated: October 04, 2022

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