Ranked 186th out of 187 countries in the UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Index, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces critical challenges that affect its capacity to ensure a peaceful and sustainable living for its inhabitants. While showing signs of political and economic recovery following the transitional process (2005) that saw insecurity declining and international donors supporting and funding programs anew, the country is still prone to violence and insecurity. This is especially the case in Eastern DRC (EDRC), as evidenced by sporadic fighting and frequent insecurity incidents in many areas in EDRC, including a number of JENGA II project areas.
The overall goal of JENGA II is to sustainably reduce food insecurity among vulnerable households in Fizi, Uvira, and Kalehe Territories of South Kivu Province, and JENGA II aims to reach over 150,000 individuals during the life of the project. The project also invested in a range of WASH activities in eastern DRC.
JENGA II, which utilizes a gender-sensitive programming approach, includes four Strategic Objectives (SOs) to achieve the project goal: