democratic republic of congo
Oxfam Novib has been working in D R Congo since the 1980s. Our work is concentrated in the eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema, as well as Kinshasa to create links with the capital.
DRC suffers from poor governance, the state’s failure to protect people and ensure that their rights are respected, and neglect of the most basic services. Democratic institutions function poorly and a culture of impunity prevails, with corrupt elites exploiting resources and widespread violence against civilians by security services.
To tackle the poverty this leads to, the aim of our programme on the right to sustainable livelihoods is to improve small-scale farmers’ production systems – with special attention for youth and women, who tend to have little decision-making power despite doing much of the agricultural work. Value chain development will contribute to increase agricultural production and generate income.
We build partners’ capacity on lobbying and advocacy and work through the Oxfam Rights in Crisis advocacy group to hold the government accountable for human right abuses. A robust programme in Humanitarian Capacity Building improves disaster preparedness of local partners and enables them to efficiently respond to emergency situations in case of renewed conflict.
DRC has a lack of basic health and education services. Our programme on the right to basic social services therefore sets out to improve access to quality education in South Kivu, where female illiteracy is especially high, and to sexual and reproductive healthcare services in Maniema.
In North Kivu we are involved in the decentralisation of the health sector and to improve access and quality of provincial health services with an innovative system of performance based financing.
Finally, traditional customs, laws and norms force the majority of women and girls into positions of inferiority. Therefore, through our ‘We Can Stop Violence Against Women’ campaign we address women’s rights to an identity, their vulnerability to gender violence and their lack of representation in public life.
|Source||Oxfam Novib, march 2011|