HOLD-DRC is Humanitarian Organization for Lasting Development, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a Congolese Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), formed in 2012 by a group of professionals who were convinced that more could be done to raise the low Human Development Index ranking of DR Congo.
The staff at HOLD-DRC are longtime colleagues in DR Congo who asked for our help. We formed ACT for Congo to answer their call. HOLD-DRC is an inclusive, community-based organization working to:
- Cultivate Community
- Strengthen Human Capital
- Develop Sustainably
- Provide Social Protection
- Promote Gender Equity
From the Act for Congo home page:
We believe that lasting change in Congo can only come from the people of Congo.
Our Executive Director and Program Manager began working in Central Africa in 1972. Over time, they saw that foreign aid rarely produced long-term benefits. Deep, lasting benefits only came from the people living on the inside. So, they decided to work in a radically different way: instead of directing aid from the outside, they would support Congolese programs and leaders with a demonstrated history of fostering change in their communities.