Country: Democratic Republic of The Congo

Cost-recovery in the health sector: continuing the debate

In the March 2004 edition of Humanitarian Exchange (issue number 26), Timothy Poletti of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) took issue with cost-sharing in healthcare programmes in complex emergencies, arguing that it raised little revenue and threatened access for the poorest. Below, we print a response to his article from Richard… Read more »

The case for cash: Goma after the Nyiragongo eruption

The Mount Nyiragongo eruption on 17 January 2002 destroyed a large part of the centre of Goma, a busy commercial centre in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Homes, schools, churches and businesses were ruined. An estimated 80,000 people – about 16,000 households – became homeless, and a very large number lost their workplace,… Read more »

Principles of Engagement for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance in the DRC

Late last year the worsening humanitarian situation in the DRC together with increased security risks to humanitarian agencies made it necessary to seek consensus on a common approach to the delivery of humanitarian assistance, based on the application of agreed principles. This set of principles – the Principles of Engagement for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance in… Read more »

CELPA: a local response to Congo’s conflict

The Communauté des Eglises Libres de Pentecôte en Afrique (CELPA) has worked in the DRC since 1922. Its activities include missionary programmes, education and community development and humanitarian aid. Its leadership is entirely African, though it works in collaboration with Norwegian churches, has received support from the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry and benefits from advice… Read more »

Income-generation in post-conflict situations: is micro-finance a useful strategy?

Many humanitarian crises are protracted. Political solutions are not found, the economic situation hinders successful reconstruction and development, and development agencies are slow to take over from their relief counterparts. Humanitarian agencies are working increasingly in the ‘grey zone’ between relief and development. In this environment, agencies are looking for more durable solutions than those offered… Read more »

Shabunda: the ‘forgotten Kosovo’

For the international relief community, the DRC’s complex and brutal four-year war has become another of the world’s neglected emergencies. Humanitarian need is desperate, but insecurity and distance mean that large areas of the conflict are isolated from any relief. The DRC is in the grip of some nine individual conflicts – internal, international and… Read more »

Community feedback and complaints mechanisms: early lessons from Tearfund’s experience

Tearfund’s approach to feedback and complaints handling is part of a broader organisational commitment to accountability, which promotes information sharing, transparency, participation and learning with project participants. Feedback and complaints mechanisms are based on community preferences and cultural norms to ensure that they are accessible, safe and easy to use. All feedback is recorded, responses… Read more »

Angola (March 1999)

The peace process agreed by the Angolan government and UNITA with the signing of the Lusaka Protocols in 1994, and which had appeared increasingly fragile over the last two years, finally broke down in December 1998. It had been clear that far from demobilising, as required by the protocols, UNITA had been using the time… Read more »