On the UNPD in the DRC

A road traffic police officer in North Kivu.A road traffic police officer in North Kivu. Credit: Junior Kannah, UNDP DRC 2012

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has had a presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1976, works toward sustainable human development. The two pillars of the UNPD programme of 2008-2012 in the DRC have been the promotion of good governance, and poverty reduction (including support for the electoral system, judicial and security reform, combatting corruption, implementing decentralisation, combatting deforestation and climate change, and post-conflict planning and stabilization). In the session held in January 2013, the UNPD Board of Directors endorsed the country’s programme for the period 2013-2017. Its three principal points are:

  • Consolidation of peace and reinforcement of democracy
  • Planning for development and for inclusive growth
  • Climate change and managing natural resources

Furthermore, the UNPD will manage the humanitarian funds (Pooled Fund). Due to the size of the programme (23 funders, 537 employees and 136m US dollars spent in 2012), the UNPD office in the DRC is the 4th largest in the world.

The advancement of gender equality
is an objective that is fully supported by the UNPD in the DRC, in both programming and operational terms, and including all support units. The national party is supported in national policy-making concerning gender issues,  its strategy on sexual violence, and legislative programmes on equality. Women’s participation in political life is promoted, as is support for female candidates in elections. Women who are victims of sexual and gender-based violence are also provided with support to reintegrate in society.

What do we wish to accomplish?

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UNPD hopes to contribute to achieving the following changes:

  • The institutional framework and civic structures should be reinforced with regard to guaranteeing the protection of human rights and the development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo;
  • Public institutions will implement policies and provide organized programmes to support key actors in the job creation and revenue-generating sectors;
  • The Congolese state will improve the management of its natural resources and the profits arising from these; it will improve its disaster management mechanisms; and it will commit to a green economy.

What are our results?

The PCD 2008-2012 followed the successful elections of 2006, which had generated high hopes for poverty reduction and good governance, the two primary components of the programme.

With regard to governance, the UNPD has:

  • Helped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to acquire voter enrolment kits and to train 32,000 electoral agents assigned to revise the electoral register (31 million voters), to recruit and train 363,000 election agents, and to finance 30,000 national observers in preparation for the 2011 elections;
  • Contributed to the development of regulations governing public accounts, to reorganising structures and to developing the Court of Audit;
  • Participated in the training and retraining of 3,527 police officers, the implementation of the first forensic unit in North Kivu, the reinforcement of the special police for the protection of women and children in North and South Kivu and in the creation of a legal aid centre;
  • Promoted the establishment of infrastructural supports for two brigades of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), and enabled provision of barracks for 7,000 soldiers and 20,000 dependants in the South Kivu and in Ituri regions.

With regard to poverty reduction, important advancements have been made, notably:

  • Contributions to policy development and consolidation of peace – for example, the DSCRP 2 and – with the support of MONUSCO – the Peace Consolidation Programme (PCP) in the west of the DRC;
  • The drafting of a new microfinance bill, currently pending enactment;
  • Better access to basic services for 30,000 dependants of ex-soldiers, and road infrastructure in the South Kivu region, which has opened up access for the 40,000 people who live there;
  • Creation of revenue for 2,600 victims of sexual and gender-based violence
  • As a primary beneficiary of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), screening of 208,000 people and administration of antiretroviral treatment to over 40,000 people living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Drafting of a preparatory national Plan for the UN-REDD programme, which raised over 75 million dollars in 2010, making the DRC one of the nine countries to benefit from the “fast track” phase of the REDD programme.

Who are the decision makers?

Kim Bolduc - UNDP Resident Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Kim Bolduc of Canada as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ms. Bolduc succeeds Mamadou Diallo of Guinea, who completed his assignment in October.

She brings to the appointment more than 30 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work, as well as a demonstrated record of management and leadership.  She served since 2014 as Special Representative of the Secretary‑General and Head of United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).  She previously served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Panama from 2010 to 2014, having previously been Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary‑General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil, Peru and Honduras.  She held various field appointments within the United Nations system since she joined the Organization in 1987, including positions in Ecuador, Iraq and Mozambique.

Ms. Bolduc holds a master’s degree in international development and cooperation from Ottawa University in Canada.


Dominic Sam - Country Director 

Dominic Sam has been appointed the Country Director of PNUD in Kinshasa, DRC, since 02 February 2018, Prior to that, he was the UNDP Country Director in Ghana from 23 September 2013 to 01 February 2018. He was previously the Country Director for UNDP in Liberia from 2008 to 2013; Acting Resident Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation in the same country for 5 months until January 2012; Deputy Director for Country Office Support Division for Resources Mobilization in the Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships, UNDP New York from December 2002 to November 2007.

Prior to that, Dominic worked as the Portfolio Manager in the United Nations Office for Project Services, Africa Division from 1997 to 2000; and as an Assistant Resident Representative from 1991 to 1997 at UNDP in Cameroon. Before joining the UN system, Mr. Sam worked as a Senior Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring Officer with the North-West Development Authority in Cameroon between 1987 and 1990.

Mr. Dominic Sam, a Cameroon national, graduated from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon where he studied Law. He holds Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. 

How many of us are there?

Current Staff Count for Democratic Republic of Congo

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 111
UN Volunteers 18
UNDP Staff 120
Total 249

Our consultants

A list of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) whose fees are superior to US$ 30,000.

Mission description Amount (US$)
Unit Mission length
National consultant in charge of CSR 39,760.00
CIDD 6 months
International consultant for the evaluation mission (due diligence) of microfinance institutions preselected by the PASMIF II management team and to assist them in the preparation of investment portfolios in Kinshasa and the provinces of Nord-Kivu, South-Kivu, Bas-Congo and Bandundu 37,000.00  CIDD   
International consultant- Coordination Programme fight against impunity, support for victims: SGBV 50, 900.00 CPRD 3 months
International Research Consultant in Human Rights 30,780.00 CPRD 5 months
International consultant in charge of CSR 31,750.00 CIDD 1 month
International consultant for the Enabling Investments Programme
99,880.00 CIDD 6 months
International consultant for the Enabling Investments Programme
92,880.00 CIDD 6 months
International consultant for the Sector Investments Programme
85,992.00 CIDD 6 months

Project Consolidation Coordinator for peace in artisanal miningzones in the Province of Nord-Kivu  
45 000,00 CIDD 2 months

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