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UNDP-DRC, pioneer in ICT innovations!

31 Oct 2014

image Illustration - Atlas of renewable energy in DR Congo

A landlocked country whose lenth is equivalent to the distance between Marseilles and Warsaw! Yes, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a landlocked country covering an area of 2.4 million km2: vast forests, a Congo River as powerful and dangerous as the Amazon, impassable roads, inaccessible housing areas, conflict and post-conflict regions, almost non-existent infrastructure in the rural areas, ultra-limited access to water and electricity, a rainy season lasting 8 months per year, very low population density…  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the world’s second office, the first in Africa having the most diversified portfolio of projects amounting to 100 million USD per year. UNDP has 450 staff including 200 located in 11 offices in the country. How can the puzzle of connecting people to each other, at a lower cost and in the best conditions, be resolved? How can the UNDP make work easier for its staff on the ground, and hence improve the situation of beneficiaries? Equation with many unknowns To resolve it, in November 2013, Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Humanitarian Coordinator, Coordinator of the United Nations System and UNDP Resident Representative, requested a joint mission of the Information  More