A civil society and religious organizations committee workshop on the DRC government’s programme took place in Kinshasa from 11 to 12 April 2007, with the collaboration of MONUC and other development partners, with the aim of underlining governmental and political responsibility in the DRC.
The aim of the workshop was to focus on the work of the government in five main areas- economic growth and good governance; reform of the justice and public service systems, including the fight against corruption; human rights, reconciliation, peace and security; social demands such as infrastructure, health, education and employment; and finally the fight against poverty.
The workshop reflected on the programme of the government through constructive criticism, as well as monitoring and advocacy for the reinforcement of the aspirations of the Congolese people.
The overall objective of the workshop was to conduct an analytical and objective look at the work of the government in a rational and apolitical environment, with the aim of finding adapatable strategies and increased efficiency.
Mr. Christian Manal, who was representing Mr. William Swing, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General in the DRC, underlined the importance of the workshop with regard to the role that must be played by civil society and MONUC in the consolidation of peace and democracy in the DRC.
“The United Nations and the international community understand the importance of civil society to accompany the government in the post electoral period, and they must underline political responsibility for democratic institutions,” he added.