The journey to end extreme poverty for lasting peace and the well-being of rural people in their communities begins with socio-economic empowerment.
We are creating a poverty-free future
More than five million people are internally displaced in Congo, and an additional million people have fled the country. Currently, 27 million people, including over 3 million children suffer from food insecurity, making the Congo one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. One in three Congolese does not have enough food to feed themselves. About 120 armed groups are reportedly operating in the eastern parts of the country, wreaking havoc on communities. Despite the presence of UN peacekeepers, the Congolese government and the international community largely failed to protect civilians from being killed, women from being raped by armed men, and children from being recruited by armed groups.
Congo Dynamique Initiatives focuses on offering humanitarian assistance while raising awareness about the plight of Congolese people whose suffering rarely makes international headlines and who never become the center of attention for international diplomacy.
More information and knowledge about these people's needs, stories, and the crises they endure is a crucial first step towards helping them improve their lives. Get in touch with us for more details.
Beyond mere subsistence
Cyclical violence and displacement left vast amounts of land unfarmed, and people homeless and cut off from their livelihoods. Combined with a slump in the economy and the economic impacts of Covid-19, this meant that hunger levels and humanitarian needs soared. Almost 20 million people were reliant on aid by the end of 2020, compared with some 13 million people the year before. On top of this, the country was affected by two Ebola outbreaks. Economic empowerment gives these people a chance for financial stability, which opens up more choices in life. Everyone in society cannot easily be equal in social and economic circumstances. Consequently, socio-economic empowerment, especially of young people and women, helps them gain enough autonomy and confidence to change their circumstances. Congo Dynamique Initiatives operates with the conviction that a poverty-free future must begin with assistance for disadvantaged people, giving them access to essential resources, education, employment opportunities, health care, and a sense of identity and community within which to flourish and grow.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. In 2020, 2 million displacements were registered in DR Congo, making it the country with the largest number of new displacements due to conflict in the world, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. There is a toxic combination of increasing violence, record hunger levels, and utter neglect triggering a mega-crisis that warrants a mega-response. Unfortunately, as the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Jan Egeland has pointed out, millions of families in eastern Congo are on the brink of an abyss. These families have been forgotten by the DRC government and the outside world. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic pushed those already struggling to survive in neglected crises even further behind. The little income they expected is often gone, needs are skyrocketing, and funding continues to dry up. Left out of any support lifeline, these families suffer the consequences of widespread political inaction while international media attention is sorely lacking. Vulnerable people, including the elderly, receive no humanitarian assistance to meet their most urgent needs yet are forcibly displaced due to the recurrence of war and violent conflicts in rural Congo.
What we focus on
The historical contexts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo require genuine self-determination on the part of citizens to establish lasting peace, security, and development. This realistic optimism implies the achievement of socio-economic independence for there to be an establishment of systems and structures guaranteeing political stability and the universal well-being of everyone. Congo Peace Academy, one of the initiatives of CoDI, offers four mutually reinforcing educational programs: the Peacebuilding Education Program (PEP), the Leadership Education Program (PEL), the Entrepreneurship and Management Program (PEM), and the Modern Concept of Citizenship (MCC) with an emphasis on several themes reflecting the contexts of living conditions across the country to provide solutions to the challenges facing young people and women while strengthening the institutional capacities of the DRC. We bring young people to learn from one another and together so that they have the opportunity to meet in an environment that stimulates dialogues, exchange of life experiences, appreciation of cultural diversity, and therefore prevent the eruption of tensions.
Youth empowerment for peace
Decades of conflict have created a lack of willingness to acknowledge or address the emergencies that are unfolding against a backdrop of a protracted crisis. The conflict led to a lack of education opportunities, jeopardizing the future of a generation, and making children extra vulnerable to violence and recruitment. Congo Peace Academy intervenes to introduce professional training, capacity building, and socio-economic support of high quality. These opportunities offered to the new generation of Congolese leaders have transformational effects. Based on the results and feedback received during the Epicenter training "Peace Through Entrepreneurship in Goma 2018," we believe vocational training and capacity building after a crisis are the cornerstones of youth empowerment and lasting change. We are promoting education opportunities that we believe to be an effective tool to help communities cultivate a culture of resilience.