Programme development and coordination in the DR Congo
Mission 21 supports three partner organisations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). They work in numerous projects aimed at combating poverty and improving healthcare. A local Project Coordinator assists the partner organisations to ensure good coordination among the various projects. Jules Tsengele, a Congolese national, took over this function on behalf of Mission 21 in spring 2016.
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Most of the projects supported by Mission 21 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are located in Kwango Province on the border with Angola, some 500 kilometers from Kinshasa, the Congolese capital.
The remote villages in the Kwango are difficult to reach because the government invests virtually nothing in building or maintaining roads. For this reason, the coordination unit's work plays a critical part in ensuring good support for the projects.
Efforts in recent years were focused on transparent financial reports, and the next step is to improve impact measurement and foster coordinated collaboration. Monitoring reports show the results from project activities and their impact, as well as proposing further measures for discussion.
Mission 21's cooperation programme in the DR Congo aims to make a contribution towards the sustainable development of the villages. The programme also reinforces various forms of ecumenically-oriented theological training, with the overall objectives of improving education and providing reliable healthcare. In addition, the programme is geared towards strengthening partners' skills so that they can do better justice to their tasks (capacity development).