The Democratic Republic of Congo

Corruption is one of the greatest obstacles to building strong institutions that provide basic services such as access to clean drinking water. Gabrielle Bardall/IFES.

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Survey on the Effectiveness of the VOICE+ Voter Education Project in the DRC

March 21, 2013

IFES conducted a survey of voting-age adults in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through face-to-face interviews in the fall of 2012. The survey was designed to evaluate civic and voter education activities implemented in Kinshasa, Bas Congo, Nord Kivu and Province Orientale, as part of the IFES Voter Opinion and Involvement through Civic Education Plus (VOICE+)Project.


Voter Information, All Citizen Participation

CEDAW Anniversary: Making Women's Equality a Reality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

December 20, 2012

Although the constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) makes provisions for parity between men and women with a view to fair and equitable participation in the management of the city (Mbuji-Mayi), this participation remains only theoretical, despite the country’s ratification of treaties on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. Mamie Patricia Kapinga of IFES' hub office in Mbuji-Mayi talks about challenges women face in the country.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

CEDAW’s 33rd Anniversary: IFES Reflects on Efforts to End Discrimination against Women

December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012, marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In honor of this special day, IFES colleagues from around the world share their thoughts on gender discrimination in their countries and how they are working to overcome it.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

CEDAW Anniversary: Helping Women Lead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

December 17, 2012

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has ratified a number of international conventions on the protection of women and ending discrimination against them. But it is clear there is a gap between what the international standards maintain and how they are applied in this country. Sylvie Matondo, IFES regional coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, talks about efforts to increase women's role in political leadership.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

VOICE for the People: Using Robust Evaluations for More Effective Civic Education Programs

August 15, 2012

In order gain precise insight into the effect of its adult civic education program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), IFES implemented the VOICE Impact Evaluation study.

Civic Education, Elections, Governance

Clear Insight: Conducting an Impact Evaluation to Assess IFES' VOICE Program

August 15, 2012

To help the Congolese people increase their understanding of the decentralization process mandated by a 2007 law and actively engage in the November 2011 elections, IFES implemented the Voter Opinion and Involvement through Civic Education (VOICE) program.

Civic Education, All Citizen Participation

Building Integrity, Defining Fraud

May 30, 2012

Among the greatest challenges to electoral integrity are fraud and malpractice. On May 30, IFES hosted a panel featuring an academic, practitioners and legal experts in elections to expand on current definitions of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Building Integrity, Defining Fraud

May 30, 2012

Electoral fraud is arguably the most tangible, obvious threat to the integrity of an election, but the concept is not always well-articulated. IFES hosted a conversation about how electoral fraud is defined and how it differs from malpractice. Speakers shared their field experiences and highlight the impact of fraud and malpractice on recent elections in the United States, Afghanistan, Philippines and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Legal Framework, All Election Management

Step by Step: Preventing Fraud in Elections

May 17, 2012

Poll workers and election observers can take a number of simple yet powerful steps to protect the integrity of the vote and promote trust in the electoral process. Together, these measures help deter and prevent fraud. These images from around the world show poll workers, observers and citizens working together to make elections transparent and credible. IFES recently released a white paper defining electoral fraud, which will further help stakeholders address this unfortunate practice. Click here to download the paper.

NDI-IFES Election Experts Recommend Broad Review of Electoral Process in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 25, 2012

A team of international election experts has recommended a broad review of the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the meaningful participation of all electoral stakeholders and access to all relevant electoral materials.

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