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Cordaid NL

Democratic Republic of Congo

Some annual results (2018)

  • 10,000,000 children benefit from the Education Quality Improvement Project
  • 169,839 anti-tuberculosis patients put under treatment
  • 35,314 young people received counseling on family planning and use of modern contraceptive methods

Global Peace Index

156/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2018)

Country Office

Democratic Republic of Congo flag Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Visiting address
65 Tshatshi Boulevard,
Residence FIKHUSS Commune of Gombe

Postal address
PO Box 351 Kinshasa I
DR Congo

Phone: +243 (0) 99 100 18 32

Country Director DRC

Sylvain Duhau

Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo

In DR Congo, Cordaid fights poverty (by improving access to health care and basic education), tackles impunity (by helping to put an end to the culture of violence), and helps to install effective forms of governance (by promoting the right to political participation, particularly for women).

We have a country office in Kinshasa and Goma field offices in Kananga, Gemena, Bunia and Bukavu.

Read more about Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo

Where does Cordaid work?

We support and strengthen health systems to provide access to basic health care in 26 provinces of the DR Congo. We educate boys and girls to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promote their access to education. Cordaid is active in Eastern DR Congo, where we help to restore trust and the social contract between communities and ruling authorities, strengthen local security and contribute to the stabilization process. We do this in the most fragile and conflict-affected areas in DR Congo.

86,8 Million


Rural population

Urban population

2.2% annual

GDP growth

28.8 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

DR Congo is a paradox: rich in natural resources, yet one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Its population has to put up with violence, disease, hunger and the mass displacement of people caused by years of civil wars and cross-border conflicts. Partly through impunity and political impotence, conflicts over natural resources have continually flared up in the border areas, and East Congo remains a hotbed of unrest.

Cordaid is striving towards a just and stable DR Congo, in which the governments accept their responsibilities, use their rights and meet their obligations. Where citizens participate in decision-making, and are able to improve their living conditions.

Cordaid in Democratic Republic of Congo

Cordaid has been active in DR Congo since the 1970s, and has built up an extensive network of partner organizations. Cordaid wants the people of DR Congo to once again be able to contribute to the development of their country’s basic facilities and work towards peace, safety and justice.

Our work in six different yet related sectors helps to achieve these goals:

1. Health care

  • Key results 2018
    • 3,179,074 million people screened for HIV
    • 122,056 people living with HIV put on ARV treatment
    • 15,723 Key Pop had an HIV test and had their results
    • 13,980 survivors of sexual violence received support in Pep kit
    • 5,314 youth followed consultation and advice on family planning
    • 850 Nutritional kits distributed to multidrug-resistant TB patients

Cordaid makes health care more accessible and improves quality of the care in 26 Provinces of the DR Congo. Our approach of Results-Based Financing (RBF) supports the access to the care, allow patients to have a look on the way in which they are treated and preserves qualities of care services

Since 2012, Cordaid is the Principal recipient of Global Funds grants in VIH/AIDS component in DR Congo. Our objective is to contribute to the reduction of 80% of the new infections in general population and in the targeted populations, in order to include 95% of the patients co-infected by tuberculosis and VIH on the antiretroviral treatment.

2. Child & Education

  • Key result 2018
    • 1350 schools identified, enlisted and trained in PBF

Cordaid also uses RBF to improve the Congolese education system. RBF helps to achieve increased quantity (32,848 children in school, concerning 741 schools. It is expected to reach 1350 schools by December 2019) and higher qualities (improved learning outcomes and relevance).

In Congo, Cordaid supports schools using the unique Results-Based Financing (RBF) approach. This allows more children to go to school, to complete their education, and it improves the quality of education. Image: Ilvy Njiokiktjien.

3. Lobby & Advocacy

  • Key results 2018
    • Promulgation of the provincial edict promoting primary health care by mutuals in North Kivu;
    • Promulgation of the revised mining code: Strengthening transparency measures in the mining sector, community development and mining crafts

Cordaid aims to restore the social contract and the trust between government and citizens in a fragile context. We do this by promoting legitimate regulations and policies that respond to peoples’ aspirations. With local civil society partners, we advocate for local security and access to justice for all, engendered peace, equitable mining governance and adequate health coverage. We support police and justice sector reforms, including community participation in the management of local security issues and the formalization of informal mechanisms of access to justice. We also promote women’s participation in the decision-making and peace processes, in line with UNSC Resolution 1325.

4. Security & Justice

  • Key result 2018
    • 3 sub-commissions created and 36 police deployed in the agro-pastoral zones of South Kivu: reduction of insecurity at the local level.

Cordaid’s aim is to contribute to a stable and peaceful DR Congo. We set up legal clinics to strengthen community knowledge on the functioning of judicial, security and administrative institutions.

5. Women Leadership

  • Key results 2018
    • 7 youth centers set up for the prevention and fight against gender-based violence in academia;
    • Adoption of a new PAN 1325.

Cordaid gives girls and women a voice in a context where it is not usual for women to speak up for themselves. It boosts their confidence and allows them to plan their future, find work and gain independence.

6. Humanitarian Aid

  • Key result 2018
    • 1331 households or 6655 people benefiting from unconditional Cash with multiple uses
  • In relation to the Ebola response to Beni
    • 15 water sources were built;
    • 63 hygienic latrines were built in the health centers;
    • 45 showers were built in the health centers;
    • 420 handwashing devices were installed.

To people affected by natural or man-made disasters, we provide cash (for rent, repair of houses, food, medicines, clothes), short term livelihood inputs, emergency kits to cover first needs, non-food items, protection, hygiene kits and clean drinking water. We also support conflict-affected internally displaced persons and host communities. And we help to eradicate epidemics like Ebola and Cholera, to save lives and strengthen communities.

Pascasie, a peer educator at the health center of Combo, South Kivu. Image: Martin van der Beelen/Cordaid.

Partners and donors

Cordaid DR Congo manages funds from the Government of the Netherlands, the VPT World Fund, the Global Fund, the Embassy of Canada and the World Bank. We have benefited through our headquarters funds from many other sources, including 288,000 private donors.

Cordaid also works closely with national DRC partners, including Caritas Congo, UCOP+, Medicus Mundi and B-DOM.



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Democratic Republic of Congo team

Sylvain Duhau

Country Director DRC
243 (0) 99 100 18 30 / +243 (0) 82 774 92 70

Mamadou Sylla

Deputy Country Director
+243 (0)972001621

Hubert Chauvet

Program Director

Paula Mommers

Team Leader PBF-PAQUE Education Focal Point DRC

Augustin Biagui

Financial Manager

Charlotte Lepri

Regional Business Development Manager (DRC, CAR and Burundi)

Jean-Lambert Mandjo Aholoma

Coordinator HIV-Tuberculosis Global Fund Project

Farida Eliaka

Regional Communications Officer (DRC, CAR and Burundi)

Obed Buhendwa Buroro

Humanitarian Program Advisor

Olivier Chibashimba

Program advisor Security & Justice
+243 (0) 972001625

Fabien Mayani

Program manager Lobby and Advocacy
+243 (0) 812711379

Seydou Ndiay

Program Manager JS3: Youth, sexuality and security
+243 (0) 97 200 16 23

Billy Yuma

Human resources manager
+243 (0) 974942916