Congo - what now?
Seminar on Congo
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The Democratic Republic of Congo was on the agenda before Christmas when Dr Denis Mukwege received the attractive award in 2018. Norwegian organizations working in the country urge not to forget the country. Norway's involvement in the country is wide, Norway finances both humanitarian aid and a regional forest initiative for the conservation of rainforests.
What is happening in Congo is of great importance to the entire Great Lakes region both in terms of people and resources. Norway grants over a few hundred million to Congo annually. However, due to the protracted war, general mismanagement and lack of development, donors are generally skeptical of the Congo and a lot of funds are lacking in response to critical areas. For example, only seven percent of the budget the UN calculates as emergency response for the protection of the population is covered. At the end of December, elections were held in the country and President Thsisekedi was elected. As expected, the choice was debated. It is not clear yet whether the country is meeting a more stable time.
While Norway participates and supports financially, we have no embassy in the country, and thus a weak presence. In December, ten organizations from Norway with involvement in the Congo wrote a post for a stronger presence to make it easier to monitor the current situation, thus increasing the possibility of proper adaptation of both short-term and long-term impacts and alignment of appropriations. Norway has been a key player in promoting women, peace and security agendas internationally and the Peace Prize can help open new opportunities to bring this work forward in Congo. Congo has also signed the Safe School Declaration, which means that schools must be protected in conflict so that children still have access to education even if they live in an area of conflict. The Peace Prize has opened new opportunities to continue this work in Congo. Norway has also been a key player in getting funding for various environmental programs.
The Rainforest Foundation, Join good forces and Save the Children invite discussion on the road ahead in the Congo, and in what way Norway's involvement can work most positively in a still demanding political context.
Introduction by Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF).
Panel conversation with:
Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen
Congo expert Randi Solhjell
Øyvind Eggen , The Rainforest Foundation
Save the Children
JOIN good forces
Questions from the hall.