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The Community Protection Committee (CPC) programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shows what can be achieved in promoting rights and protection in the most inauspicious circumstances. Promoting a process of non-confrontational dialogue and strengthening women’s voices within it has had tangible results in reducing abuses, improving gender equality and developing more positive relationships between citizens and those in power. The DRC experience offers important lessons for how to promote active citizenship in chaotic and conflict-prone environments.

This case study evaluates the Community Protection Committees in Democratic Republic of Congo project in order to explore how change happens and inform future programme design and ways of working. This publication forms part of a series of Active Citizenship Case Studies

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