The aim of the Congo Peace Center (CPC) is to support and achieve sustainable peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and facilitate its integration into a more stable and peaceful Great Lakes region. The CPC is committed to achieving good governance, inclusive economic development, and national integration and reconciliation.
The Congo Peace Center works to:
- Promote national and local community dialogue as a sustainable foundation for Congolese peace and development;
- Establish civic, economic, and security training programs for Congolese citizens and officials;
- Elevate Congolese voices as the key to setting the country’s agenda for development and governance;
- Raise awareness and reinforce institutional capacities regarding justice and the fight against impunity;
- Join the DRC in equipping itself of new forms of decentralized and participative governance and laws;
- Build capacity for peace-building and conflict prevention at the local level across Congo;
- Build a common regional strategy aimed at the eradication of negative forces and promotion of cross-border development;
- Contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty through integrative and labor-intensive community projects;
- Focus on institutional development and transparency in decision-making as a key to progress and sustainability.
ConDev and CPC work with a number of organizations across DRC to promote its vision. This center includes a conference center at Université Catholique du Graben in Butembo with a seating capacity of 600. The center aims to promote regional dialogue, conflict and development publications, and other activities with the goal of leading to stability.
2018 Programs at The Congo Peace Center:
ConDev partnered with the Congo Peace Center to successfully compete for a World Bank contract though the DRC Fond Social, to build local institutions to promote peace and stability in Bas Uele Province, in northern DRC near the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The Congo Peace Center (CPC) and ConDev were awarded a $1 M. sub-contract. The work is being carried out in the Bas Uele Province, aimed to build local institutions to reduce conflict. Additionally the CPC has been recognized by the Government of DR Congo with an official license for its operation.
The first biannual report of activities as part of the the “Prevention and Management of Conflicts in Bas-Uélé” effort may be found here (available in French only):