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


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


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


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


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is emerging from decades of dictatorship and conflict. After a controversial national election in 2011, many Congolese people want to learn more about the democratic process and how they can participate. In December 2017, the country is scheduled to hold Presidential, National, and provincial Assembly elections after a contentious transition process. Public awareness and voter education activities are critical to help citizens learn how to vote and why their vote matters.


The Congo Demokrasia project helps build a more fair and transparent democracy within the Democratic Republic of the 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.


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


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