Democratic Republic of the Congo

ACTED has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2003 to respond to humanitarian needs throughout the country. ACTED teams intervene in emergency situations towards the most vulnerable populations and displaced people in order to meet their basic needs. The NGO goes beyond emergency aid and implements long-term activities such as rehabilitation works, agricultural recovery projects or the geographic information systems. Through these, ACTED seeks to strengthen the resilience of populations and to support the structuring of civil society.

Mission context

Affected by violent conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics, food insecurity, chronic poverty and structural deficiencies, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing a humanitarian crisis affecting nearly 16 million people. These structural and cyclical causes result in significant population movements, the deterioration of the living conditions of the most vulnerable, the non-respect of their fundamental rights and the reduction of their access to basic services.  While the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, Kasai, South Kivu, Tanganyika and Kasai-Central in the east of the country are particularly affected, rapid and effective humanitarian action is needed throughout the country to meet humanitarian needs.

ACTED in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Present in DRC since 2003, ACTED works mainly to respond to emergencies, strengthen the resilience of populations, co-construct effective governance and promote inclusive and sustainable growth. ACTED intervenes today mainly in eight provinces (South and North Ubangi, Bas-Uélé, Maniema, South and North Kivu, Tanganyika and Haut Katanga) through fourteen operational bases. ACTED provides a flexible and adapted emergency response to acute and complex humanitarian crises by intervening with the most vulnerable populations. ACTED seeks to respond to their immediate needs in terms of access to shelter, food security, essential household items or access to water; while promoting a protective environment. At the same time, ACTED also works in a longer term approach through road and infrastructure rehabilitation, economic recovery projects and the prevention of gender-based violence. Finally, ACTED aims at supporting the structuring of civil society in partnership with 6 major national networks.

©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo

The ReFlex Initiative

ReFlex is a flexible and mobile response project to meet the immediate needs of crisis-affected populations throughout the DRC.

The project’s mandate is to set up a national contingency mechanism, through multi-sectoral emergency assistance, with the aim of reducing the vulnerabilities of populations affected by crises and other shocks.

The project thus contributes to responding to population movements linked to conflicts or natural disasters. It is complementary to other projects that also aim to stem.

ReFlex’s main modality of assistance is monetary assistance through the distribution of cash or the organisation of closed fairs using a voucher system.

Oil distribution stand in Kiziba
Distribution site in the process of delivery South Kivu
A beneficiary washes her hands before entering the Makobola distribution site.
Motorcycle driver daily worker in a road with a risk of landslide – Kiziba-Kitindi axis, Shabunda, SK, June 2019

ACTED RCD in 2018

401,152
Beneficiaries
18
Projects
18
international employees
296
national employees

Current projects

Strategic Assistance for Emergency Response (SAFER)

Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Assistance and Protection to Central African Refugees in North Ubangui and Bas Uele

Shelter response for crisis-affected populations in the Yumbi health zone

Emergency multisectoral response in food assistance and non-food items to displaced and returnees in South Kivu and Maniema Provinces

Cash and food distributions and agricultural recovery programmes for the most vulnerable Central African refugees and host population in Bas-Uélé and North-Ubangi Provinces

Support for humanitarian coordination through the strengthening of the resources of the national food security and MEA/shelter clusters

Support for building the resilience capacities of the most vulnerable populations in Tanganyika and Upper Katanga provinces through a holistic multisectoral approach

Support for strengthening the food and nutritional security of the Pool’s populations and revival of agropastoral and fisheries activities in the Pool department

High Priority Road Re-opening Project (Pro-Roads)

Emergency food distribution for cross border refugees, IDPs and host populations along the Mbomou and Ubangi Rivers

Strengthening dialogue between Congolese civil society organizations and improving internal governance

Food assistance for the people of Shabunda

©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
©Gaytt Craig Ngelessa for ACTED DRC, 2017
Kolula Food Fair, Democratic Republic of Congo
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