“Tomorrow is a new day” – or “Lobi Mokola ya Sika” in Lingala – is the name of SFCG’s long running security sector reform program in DRC, which entered its fourth phase on June 1, 2014. The program is implemented in four provinces across the DRC (North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Kinshasa) with the overall objective of strengthening mutual trust between civilians and the security forces by encouraging improved behaviour within the security forces and strives for an empowered role of local communities to hold the security forces accountable for their actions.
This mid-term evaluation used a mixed methods methodology to investigate the progress of results towards the program’s specific objectives. Overall, the acquisition of knowledge on the part of the beneficiaries has been effective, and is considered by the various actors to have been at the origin of a visible change in behavior. For example, concerning the police, it was reported in some areas that they no longer oblige families to pay to be able to give food to detainees and that they accompany women traveling at night to protect them. However, concerning the change in the number of incidents of abuse by forces and in accountability, results remain limited: nearly a quarter of civilians believed that cases of abuse have not decreased (24%), with 32% saying “it depends” and 41% feeling that there has been a reduction. Though trust and perceptions of relations between civilians and security forces have not developed in an entirely positive manner, more than 80% of civilians now believe that the FARDC and the PNC contribute to ensuring the safety of their province, and that they are acting with the aim of guaranteeing the security of local populations. Recommendations to strengthen programming include increasing the army and police base committees’ ownership of the gender aspects of the program and for SFCG and its partners to better balance attention between the urban centers and rural areas.
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