UNDP and Korea help rebuild communities in D.R. Congo

05 Oct 2012

imageThe project helps communities reintegrate former combatants. PHOTO: UNDP/DRC

The people of North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not had it easy in recent years. Yet after extensive fighting, UNDP and the Republic of Korea are helping to rebuild communities by reintegrating former combatants and lowering longstanding inter-community tensions.

The ‘Community Recovery and Peace Consolidation in North Kivu Project’ is also helping deliver basic services and supporting improved livelihoods for local communities. 

More specifically, the project is:

  • Creating Employment Opportunities: young people and former combatants are receiving vocational training, coaching and support for small businesses.  This includes the use of animals for rural means of rural transportation to stimulate the mobility of people, goods and services and reducing the workload of women. 
  • Addressing Conflict Resolution:  Moving beyond historic intercommunity mistrust requires understanding the importance of women and youth in the socio-economic workplace and efforts to ward off conflict through local empowerment.  This involves the use  of “inter-ethnic champions” that help build trust between ethnic groups.
  • Ensuring Environmental Protection and Sustainability:  This specific project is addressing land issues through the rehabilitation and construction of micro-dams to produce electricity. This is creating jobs, supporting forest conservation for long-term agricultural sustainability and helping cut the use of damaging charcoal.

The project recognizes the need to reintegrate returning combatants, both socially and economically, for harmonious and sustainable development.  By creating jobs and infrastructure, the project is helping boost community capacity to absorb the returning combatants.

Through the joint Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund, Korea is providing $2.94 Million for the three year project that began July 2011.