Displaced people in DRC to benefit from social and economic services

14 Jul 2009

Walungu/Kinshasa - About 125,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will benefit from a joint UN social and economic recovery programme over the next 18 months.

The province has served as refuge to more than 150,000 displaced persons in the last few months alone, and the recovery services to be provided include rebuilding schools and health clinics, rehabilitating proper water sources, maintaining adequate sanitation conditions, launching income generation projects and supporting local peacebuilding efforts. Support will also be provided to local farmers’ associations and agriculture activities to improve food availability in the region.

The project is made possible with an €8 million contribution from the Dutch government and will be implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and FAO in partnership with the Congolese government.

The four northern administrative areas (also known as groupements) selected for the first phase of the project -Mushinga, Mulamba, Lurhala and Ikoma - have long suffered from the consequences of war and underdevelopment, and this support will go a long way in improving the lives of the IDPs. Preparations are already underway to target a second area in the southern part of the province.

Despite the precarious security situation in the region, UN agencies are supporting stability and recovery in areas not affected by the conflict, aimed at preventing the vicious cycle of violence that the country has suffered in recent years.

Contact Information

Joyce Brandful, UNICEF DRC - + 243 81 884 67 48

Robert Lussier, UNICEF Goma - +243 81 830 59 33

Michel Dubois (UNDP) – 00 243 81 859 1672

Javier Sanz Alvarez (FAO) – 00 243 810404567