Trócaire first supported civil society organisations in the DRC in the early 1990s. We then opened an office there in 2008.
In 2015, the Trócaire office moved to be closer to affected population and local organisations, working directly with them in the Ituri province of Eastern DRC.
DRC has been one of Trócaire’s pilot countries implementing an integrated programme to increase impact and better address power inequalities.
The context of Ituri in DRC, which is affected by low intensity armed conflict and regular natural disasters, benefits from a humanitarian response to cover basic needs (food, water, shelter, protection) but also from longer-term work to promote resilient communities and gender equality.
The integrated programme is geographically-focused in the territories of Djugu and Mambasa, and brings together humanitarian, livelihoods and women's empowerment components.
The target population in Djugu and Mambasa are internally displaced people, host communities, and those who have returned following displacement.
It also includes indigenous people (pygmies) in Mambasa territory.
In addition, a humanitarian response is provided in the territory of Aru (at the border with Uganda and South Sudan), targeting both South Sudanese refugees and local population.
In line with Trócaire’s Global Strategic Plan, the key components of our work in DRC are:
Our humanitarian programme saves lives by providing rapid emergency relief. Through our partners, we provide food, non-food item, water, hygiene and sanitation, and shelter, as well as protection services.
As emergency situations will continue to arise we are building the capacity of our partners to respond to these crises, and to help build resilient communities.
Women’s empowerment is at the heart of Trócaire work in DRC.
We work with local communities to promote gender equality, engaging men and boys as well as women and girls.
Trócaire supports women to take part in decision making processes. As part of its governance work, it has been increasing the ability of citizens, particularly women, to influence local development plans and budgets and hold local authorities accountable.
Trócaire and its partners also ensure that women have access to and control over the means of production to provide for their families.
There is a high prevalence of gender based violence in DRC, Trócaire works both in term of prevention and response for women to live free from violence.
For communities to better prepare, withstand and recover from crises and disasters, our interventions help communities, particularly women, to develop sustainable and strong livelihoods.
This include diversifying the sources of income, including sustainable agriculture, fisheries and small livestock.
Information leaflet on our Integrated Programme in Ituri for Resilient Communities and Empowered Women (en Français)
Research paper: More than the Money - Localisation in practice
For enquiries about our programmes in DRC contact Sophie DuPont: sophie.dupont (at) trocaire.org / +243 81 658 3566
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced civil war since 1997, which has caused an estimated 5.4 million deaths, half of which were children under five years of age.
The country is one of the poorest in the word and ranked 176 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (UNDP 2015). The majority of the population rely on farming to feed themselves. Human rights violations continue to increase, with civilians experiencing violence even after a peace treaty was signed between government and rebel groups in 2013.
This conflict, along with severe poverty, has caused 2. 8 million people to be displaced inside the country. Women and girls face additional problems in the form of gender-based violence, with over 1.9 million women in the DRC experiencing rape during their life.
Although the country has large natural resources available for mining, poor infrastructure and corruption among authorities has reduced the country’s chances of developing their economy.