Who

Citizens who want to exercise their right to vote, especially those historically marginalized and left out of civic engagement.

What

Improving the capacity of local groups to increase citizen engagement in the political process.

Where

15 provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Kinshasa, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, North Kivu, South Kivu, Equateur and Ituri.

How

Training local groups to improve effectiveness in helping citizens know their civic rights and how to participate in democratic elections.

Challenge

The Democratic Republic of Congo is emerging from decades of dictatorship and conflict. After a fraudulent and controversial national election in 2011, many Congolese people want to learn more about the democratic process and how they can participate. In 2015 and 2016, the country will hold its first-ever local elections, as well as senatorial, provincial, National Assembly and presidential elections. Public awareness and voter education activities are needed to help citizens learn how to vote and why their vote matters.

Promise

The Congo Demokrasia project helps build a more fair and transparent democracy within the Democratic Republic of Congo by increasing voter participation. We are building the capacity of local organizations to deliver voter education programs that help citizens make informed voting decisions and participate actively and peacefully in elections. The project specifically looks to increase the civic engagement of women, youth, religious groups and indigenous populations.

Impact

The expected impact of the program will be:

  • enhanced capacity of civil society organizations to deliver voter education trainings and activities, as a result of capacity building training and technical assistance;
  • an increased percent of citizens receiving information about elections and democratic participation;
  • increased awareness among citizens about the electoral process and their right to participate.

Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Partners

Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Collaborator: Department for International Development (DFID).