Social / CSR in Congo Kinshasa

  • UN urges DR Congo to 'respect freedom' ahead of protest

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/30 The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo called on Wednesday for officials to "respect" a turmoil planned by opposition groups in Kinshasa, which has been banned by the government. A last attempt at negotiations between an opposition delegation and the Kinshasa governor, Andre Kimbuta, failed to break the impasse over the march which opposition leaders have vowed to hold Thursday.
  • Pope Francis leads special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/29 Pope Francis led a appropriate prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face”. “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war,” the pope said in a homily at St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Congo civil servants call strike over wages as crisis bites

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/22 Civil service leaders called a strike in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, demanding pay rises to help workers cope with a mounting economic crisis. The franc has lost 40 % of its price in the completed year, with a particularly sharp decline over the completed week, amid political turmoil and persistently low prices for Congo's key commodity exports. Inflation is expected to top 30 % this year, but wages remain unchanged.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Many killed in Burundi-DRC border clashes

    BURUNDI, 2015/01/01 At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between Burundi's army and members of an unidentified rebel group near the Democratic Republic of Congo border, sources have said. "The security forces are still combing the area where there was fighting and the valleys where the members of this armed group are hiding," a top Burundian army official told AFP on Wednesday, the day next the rebel group launched the attack on the central African country. Burundian officials and witnesses said the group of around 200 rebels crossed into Cibitoke province north of the capital Bujumbura overnight on Monday.
  • African Union seeks support for women's participation in politics

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2014/04/06 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been designated by the African Union Commission (AUC) as a pilot country for a project aimed at increasing the participation of women in political and electoral processes. To this end, a delegation of the African Union, led by Mrs. Rose Mwebaza, Gender Advisor of the President of the AU Commission, is due on Monday in Kinshasa to discuss with the government and women's organizations on this project entitled 'Building an environment conducive to the participation and empowerment of women in politics'. Launched by the AUC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project aims to develop regional processes likely to accelerate the effective implementation of commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women, inclunding through training of women, the conduct of electioneering campaigns and experience-sharing sessions with other African nations.
  • EU grants DR Congo emergency humanitarian aid

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2013/07/24 The European Union (EU) has released 10 million euros for 2.5 million people in need in eastern DR Congo, which has been battling one of the longest and most complicated humanitarian crisis, says a statement from the European Commission issued on Monday in Brussels. The statement says that the aid comes at a time at the same time as fighting is intensifying in the east of the country where additional than 2.7 million people are displaced, inclunding 440,000 who have found refuge in neighbouring nations. EU quotes reports of NGOs operating in the region, which reveal critical human rights violations, inclunding sexual violence and recruitment of child soldiers by armed groups.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.