Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Highlights 2011

  • OCHA facilitated the development of an advocacy strategy for humanitarian protection and assistance. It focused on displaced communities in Tanganyika fleeing violence in and around Wimbi, South Kivu. This allowed for a special allocation of more than $1.6 million, resulting in a multi-sectoral life-saving intervention.
  • OCHA led efforts to develop an access strategy for humanitarian activity, liaising with a range of actors in a delicate environment. For example, it helped broker a suspension of hostilities between FARDC and the Mai Mai Yakutumba, enabling negotiations that led to the release of aid workers held by Mai Mai combatants.
  • Against a disturbing background of continuing protection violations, particularly mass rape and sexual violence, OCHA worked with UNHCR to define ToRs and the functioning of an Emergency Cell as part of the Protection Cluster. The system was set up in mid-2011 and has improved coverage of gaps in emergency response to sexual violence in South Kivu. 

Young Congolese collecting water from a clean-water point in South Kivu, east DRC. © Philippe Kropf/OCHA-Bukavu/