U.S. to provide $10 million to strengthen anti-corruption and anti-crime institutions

Subject: U.S. to provide $10 million to strengthen anti-corruption and anti-crime institutions under the Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity Kinshasa, DRC– On September 26, U.S. Ambassador Mike Hammer signed a letter of agreement with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Security, and Customary Affairs Gilbert Kankonde that will provide an additional $10 …

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USAID Allocates New Funding to Support Education for Congolese Youth and Children

September 20, 2019 Kinshasa, DRC– This month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proudly allocated $7.7 million to increase children’s access to education and to increase the resilience of youth and school communities through education. Under the framework of the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, USAID will work with civil society and …

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New $15 million USAID activity to advance press freedom and government transparency

September 19, 2019 Subject: New $15 million USAID activity to advance press freedom and government transparency as part of U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity  Kinshasa, DRC, September 19, 2019 – USAID, a U.S. Government agency, has launched a five-year $15 million Media Sector Development Activity to promote a more open and vibrant media …

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USAID awards HIV Epidemic Control activity to local partner, Kheth’Impilo

United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – PEPFAR September 11, 2019 Kinshasa – In September, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new health activity that will work with the Government of the DRC to deliver high quality, accessible HIV services in Lualaba Province. Under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for …

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Secretary Azar’s visit demonstrates U.S. commitment to help build a healthier Congo

September 11, 2019 In April 2019, President Tshisekedi traveled to Washington to affirm our two countries’ relationship rooted in our shared priorities to advance human rights, promote security and stability, respect the rule of law, fight corruption, and increase mutually beneficial trade and investment ties. We launched the Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, a …

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Secretary Azar to Lead U.S. Delegation to DRC, Rwanda and Uganda Regarding Ebola Outbreak

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – HSS September 9, 2019 In the coming days, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will lead a delegation on behalf of the Trump administration to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda regarding one of the most serious global health challenges facing the world right now: the Ebola outbreak in …

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The U.S. Announces More Than $21 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Contain the Ebola Outbreak in the DRC

United States Agency for International Development – USAID September 4, 2019 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) , is providing more than $21 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  This brings total USAID funding for the Ebola response efforts to nearly $158 million since the beginning of the outbreak in August …

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How to end the Ebola crisis

Date: August 23, 2019 Subject: How to end the Ebola crisis Op-ed by Mark A. Green Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development This week, I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the deadly Ebola virus has killed nearly 2,000 people, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Meetings with President Tshisekedi of the DRC

United States Agency for International Development – USAID August 19, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Tom Babington: On August 19, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with His Excellency, Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa. Administrator Green first underscored the need to tackle the problem of human trafficking …

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The United States Announces More Than $38 Million in Additional Assistance to Contain Ebola Outbreak

United States Agency for International Development – USAID July 24, 2019 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing more than $38 million in additional assistance to help end the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including $15 million in new funding to the World Health Organization. This brings the total USAID funding for …

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USAID Awards a New Artisanal Mine Site Validation Project

Date: July 18, 2019 Subjet: USAID Awards a New Artisanal Mine Site Validation Project The U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) , is pleased to announce the award of a new USAID-funded mine site validation project in North and South Kivu. The $3.7 million USAID-funded Sustainable Mine Site Validation (SMSV) project, implemented by Pact, will help counter …

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Ambassador Hammer’s Independence Day Remarks

Distinguished Guests and members of the Tshisekedi Administration, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Chiefs of Mission, International Organization partners, Members of civil society and press, And Friends of the United States, It is an honor for me and my wife Margret to welcome you to America’s House in Kinshasa for our Independence Day celebration. We are living through historic times in the …

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Prosper Africa – Initiative to Boost Trade and Investment Between the U.S. and Africa

The new Prosper Africa initiative reflects the U.S. government’s belief that open and transparent economies should determine the future of African countries.   On his recent trip to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa, U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy stressed that the US wants to be Africa’s trade and investment partner. He explained that the initiative will focus on synchronizing the efforts of …

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Statement from Secretary of State to the people of the DRC to mark the 59th anniversary of Congolese independence

June 30, 2019 On behalf of the United States, I send warm wishes to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as you celebrate the 59th anniversary of your independence. The recent transfer of power was historic, and today we salute your commitment to building a better, more stable and more prosperous future …

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Dikembe Mutombo films an Ebola Public Service Announcement with the CDC

Dikembe Mutombo, who is Congolese-American and an internationally famous retired sports star and philanthropist, filmed a public service announcement for Ebola to help communicate with the Congolese people. Spreading crucial and potentially life-saving messages about Ebola to affected communities in DRC is only one of many ways the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to the current Ebola …

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U.S. Discusses Human Rights and Accountability in DRC

Date: June 21, 2019 Subject: U.S. Discusses Human Rights and Accountability in DRC Scott Busby, the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, visited Kinshasa and Goma June 17-21 to promote democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During President Tshisekedi’s visit to Washington …

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Visit by U.S. AFRICOM Brigadier General deMilliano Advances the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity

Date: June 20, 2019 Subject: Visit by U.S. AFRICOM Brigadier General deMilliano Advances the U.S.-DRC Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Brigadier General Steven J. deMilliano visited the DRC on June 18 and 19 in response to President Tshisekedi’s visit to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in April 2019, during which President …

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Joint declaration of the Chiefs of Mission of the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, and Canada

Date: 14 June 2019 Subject: Joint declaration of the Chiefs of Mission of the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Canada We are deeply concerned by the increase in political tension in the Democratic Republic of Congo created by the decisions of the Constitutional Court to invalidate the elections of over 30 parliamentarians, most of …

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CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DRC

Date: June 12, 2019 Subject: CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DRC Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, to support the inter-agency response to the current Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The …

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U.S. Committed to Contributing to the Fight Against Corruption in Congo

Date: May 21, 2019 Subject: U.S. Committed to Contributing to the Fight Against Corruption in Congo U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Heather Merritt visited the DRC this week to support President Tshisekedi’s efforts to combat corruption and to discuss opportunities to deepen the …

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State Department Director Higgins’ Visit to Kinshasa, May 7-9, 2019

Office Director for Central African Affairs U.S. Department of State, Melanie Higgins, spoke to RTNC2 journalist, Anicet Yomboranyama, about U.S.-DRC relations, the Ebola response, Civil Society, and the Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity.

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World Press Freedom Day 2019 in the DRC

Date: May 3, 2019 Subject: World Press Freedom Day in the DRC Op-ed by Michael A. Hammer U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo There is no true democracy without press freedom and today we salute the key role of the media in a free society. The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as World …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi

For Immediate Release READOUT April 3, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi in Washington, D.C. They discussed the future of U.S.-DRC relations following the country’s historic transfer …

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President Tshisekedi’s April 2019 Visit to the United States

Date: March 27, 2019 Subject: President Tshisekedi’s April 2019 Visit to the United States The United States welcomes President Felix Tshisekedi’s visit to Washington next week. This will be President Tshisekedi’s first trip outside of Africa since his inauguration. His decision to make Washington his first stop is a reflection of our shared commitment to …

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Statement by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy

Date: March 15, 2019 Subject: United States to Work with Tshisekedi Administration to Build a More Prosperous Congo On December 30, the Congolese people voted for change. This historic, peaceful change in leadership provides an opportunity for the United States to work with the new Tshisekedi Administration in order to usher in broad social and …

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Ambassador Hammer visits eastern DRC

Date: March 14, 2019 Subject: Ambassador Hammer visits eastern DRC, deepens understanding of Congolese challenges and potential The United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Mike Hammer traveled to Butembo, Bukavu, Bisie and Goma March 8 to 13 as past of his mission to find ways to best strengthen relations with all regions of the DRC, including specifically …

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Statement by Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Dr. J. Peter Pham

Kinshasa, February, 2019 – During my visit to Kinshasa I met with President Felix Tshisekedi and other senior government officials, Congolese civil society and religious leaders, and representatives from across the country’s political spectrum, including former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu.  In these meetings, I stressed that the United States stands with the people of the Democratic …

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Ambassador M. Hammer presents his credentials and assumes full duties as U.S. Ambassador to the DRC

Date: December 22, 2018 Subject: Accreditation of Ambassador Mike Hammer Ambassador Mike Hammer presented his credential to President Joseph Kabila and assumed full duties as U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 22, 2018. In the official Livre d’or, Ambassador Hammer wrote: It is a deep honor and privilege to represent the United States as Ambassador to the …

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U.S. $100 Notes Remain Legal Tender

The Embassy of the United States in Kinshasa is aware of reports that some economic operators and entities in the DRC are refusing to accept certain U.S. dollar bank notes.  These include, specifically, $100 denominated bank notes which include a “star” at the end of the serial number. The U.S. government continues to enhance the …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 30, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to offer a warm greeting to the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they celebrate the 58th anniversary of their country’s independence. Today, as we …

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Department of State Announces Additional $7 million to Combat Ebola in DRC

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                     May 22, 2018 MEDIA NOTE On May 17, Secretary Mike Pompeo determined it is in the national interest to make $5 million available immediately from the Emergency Reserve Fund to respond to the emerging outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that poses a …

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Celebration of the 2018 World Malaria Day

On April 25, 2018, the Foreign Service National (FSN)-led local Staff Care team in coordination with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) team at the USAID/DRC Mission observed the World Malaria Day by holding an event for the entire U.S. Embassy Kinshasa community to raise awareness on how to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. The …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 10, 2018

Location:  Equateur Province Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the DRC’s health minister and the World Health Organization reported 27 possible cases, which includes 17 deaths and 2 confirmed cases, of Ebola virus disease in the province of Equateur, 200 kilometers south of Mbandaka.  The Ebola Virus is one of the hemorrhagic …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa: May 7, 2018

Location:  Goma Event: Embassy Kinshasa advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area around the Karibu Hotel in Goma. On April 30, individuals armed with machetes attempted to enter and occupy Karibu Hotel property. Local security authorities dispersed the individuals and reported no injuries. Reports say that this incident may be associated with a land dispute …

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The CALI Mass Choir concert for Black History Month

Black History Month began from a statement highlighting the total or partial absence of the role played by African Americans in the history of the United States in teaching, press, or media. From this was established the Black History Month, which is a justice to African Americans for their contribution to American society. Its instigator …

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Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest!

Announcing the 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) contest! To apply, read below and send applications to KinshasaExchange@state.gov by March 19, 2018. Do you want to build a better world? Do you have an innovative public service project idea for your community? Your ideas matter! The AEIF competition funds teams of past and current U.S. government …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the DRC

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations February 12, 2018 AS DELIVERED On behalf of the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, I thank all of you for your briefings. Our presence at this gathering sends a strong …

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Apply now for the 2019 DRC Fulbright Foreign Student Program!

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa welcomes applications from qualified Congolese to study towards a master’s degree at a U.S. university through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. The United States government, in partnership with American host universities, fully funds Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships.  Read More  

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United States Welcomes Announcement of Electoral Calendar in the Democratic Republic of Congo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the announcement by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that long overdue elections will take place. With the announcement of the December 2018 date, the DRC has taken a significant step toward realizing its first peaceful, …

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Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Visit to DRC

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, arrived today in Kinshasa! Here some pictures of her welcome at the airport! Ambassador Nikki R. Haley is the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Prior to her service at the United Nations, Ambassador Haley served as …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO  October 16, 2017  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country.  Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gunfire Reported in Kinshasa

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of gunfire in the following areas of Kinshasa: Bandal Ngiri-Ngiri Makal Matadi Road near Ngaliema Matete The exact nature of the incidents remains unconfirmed at this time, and contacts in multiple neighborhoods may be reporting the same incidents. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike in Kinshasa, August 8-9

The U.S. Embassy has learned that opposition groups have called for a general strike, or “Ville Morte,” in Kinshasa from August 8-9.  As with any planned political event, there may be disruptions to transportation and road blockages in and around Kinshasa.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. Even demonstrations …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Political Protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of planned political protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi on Monday, July 31.  As with any planned political event, disruptions to transportation may occur in these cities.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations …

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U.S. Government contributes $400,000 to contain recent DRC Ebola outbreak

Following this cluster of illness and deaths in and around Bas-Uele, on May 5, 2017, the provincial health team began a hemorrhagic fever outbreak investigation which was confirmed after tests at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa.  After tests confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus, on May 11, 2017, the Ministry …

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USAID Awards a New Activity to Increase Household Incomes in South Kivu

USAID is proud to announce a new $23 million, five-year award: Feed the Future Democratic Republic of the Congo Value Chains activity. The goal is to increase household incomes and access to nutrient rich crops by linking 60,000 small-holder farmers in South Kivu to markets and suppliers. The activity will increase specialty coffee production and …

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Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official

Treasury Sanctions Senior Congolese Official for Leading Republican Guard in Undermining Democratic Processes Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned a senior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) official pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, as amended by E.O. 13671, which authorizes sanctions in light of activities that …

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USAID and UKAID provide CENI with civic and voter education materials

On May 10, 2017, USAID and UKAID officially handed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) some civic and voter education materials to mobilize Congolese voters to participate in the electoral process including voter registration. These materials have been developed –through the financial support of USAID and UKAID—by the non-governmental organization Counterpart International in collaboration …

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U.S. Statement on the Nomination of a New Prime Minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States reiterates its disappointment that signatories to the December 31 agreement were unable to reach agreement on the selection of a new Prime Minister in accordance with the agreement. Full and swift implementation by the government of the DRC of the agreement in conformance with UN Security Council Resolution 2348 is essential to …

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U.S State Department: On Lack of Progress on the Political Agreement in the DRC

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of the December 31 Saint-Sylvestre Political Agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are concerned by the inability of both the Government of the DRC and the leaders of the opposition Rassemblement coalition to make the …

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College Competitive Club Public Annoucement

Young Congolese who have just obtained your state diploma.  Congratulations!  If you meet the following criteria : You have achieved a consistent score of 75% or above from fourth year onwards You have a National Examination scores of 75% or above You have obtained your diploma  in 2015-2016 You are less than 20 years old …

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Alumni Meet With Embassy Political Section

On February 8, 2017, Embassy Kinshasa’s Public Affairs Section organized a discussion between members of the embassy’s political section, and alumni of the embassy’s exchange programs.  The discussion focused on the alumni’s work and preoccupations on democracy, elections, good governance, peace, security, conflict resolution, human rights, civic engagement, youth and gender issues. This initiative allows …

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A New USAID-funded Media Resources Center (MRC) Available for Journalists in Kinshasa.

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador James Swan with USAID Mission Director Christophe Tocco visited the MRC facilities established by the USAID-funded Media Sector Development Program (MSDP) implemented by Internews Network. During the visit, Ambassador Swan met with 31 young Congolese bloggers and social media activists who are currently participating in a conference to …

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United States Supports Continued Efforts Toward a More Inclusive Agreement in the DRC

The United States recognizes that the coming weeks will be critical in determining whether the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pursues a path of democratic principles and compromise, or one that risks a return to violence and instability. We underscore our support for the discussions facilitated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CENCO) between the …

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USG Celebrates its Longstanding Partnership With the DRC to Improve Access to Life-Saving Medicines and Health Commodities

Kinshasa, November 18, 2017 – The United States Embassy Kinshasa is pleased to announce the closeout of three projects funded by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): the DELIVER project, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) and Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). For more than three years, …

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Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 Refugee Admissions

The United States is taking the lead in meeting the unprecedented challenge of the global refugee crisis.  At the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September, President Obama brought together world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly to galvanize additional humanitarian support, improve educational and access to lawful work for refugees, and expand …

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Travel Warning: Democratic Republic of Congo

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continued instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The potential for civil unrest is high in parts of Kinshasa and other major cities. As a result of the deteriorating security situation, family members of U.S. government personnel have been ordered to leave the country beginning …

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MWF Alumni Mentoring Program for Teenagers

On September 26, 2016, Mandela-Washington Fellowship alumni began a mentoring program with teenagers at Lycée Shaumba High School. The Embassy alumni coordinator matched YALI alumni with four teenagers who have been selected for the next Pan-African Youth Leadership Program for the first mentoring session. The mentoring is scheduled to continue for at least one year.

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders Application

The 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders application is now open!  Don’t miss your chance to have access to a six-week training course at a top U.S. university in one of three different tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management.

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