Republic of Congo

Integrated Policy

Improving the Quality of Life of Indigenous Peoples in the Department of Lékoumou through Improved Access to Social Protection Programmes in the Republic of Congo

The programme brief description

This Joint Programme will contribute to Government efforts to improve the living conditions and access to social protection of indigenous peoples in the Lekoumou region, home to approximately 25% of the indigenous population of Congo. Currently these populations face rampant discrimination and poor access to public services. PUNOs will leverage existing UN agency funding and influence government budget allocations to the social safety net and the primary health care system, ensuring that existing legislation is applied, and the national action plan on the living conditions of the indigenous people is implemented. The programme will contribute to Government efforts to improve the living conditions of indigenous peoples, a marginalized group. The activity will target Lekoumou, a peripheral zone with lagging social indicators, home to many indigenous communities.


The Joint Programme will aim to strengthen the national capacity to deliver quality social protection services in the Likouala region that benefit indigenous and bantu populations. This will be achieved through system strengthening and capacity building of Government institutions and Civil Society Organisations and communities such as RENAPAC. Expected results include doubling the percentage of indigenous people with birth certificates or national identity documents through integrated a biometric digital registry; a 40% decrease in the number out-of-school children by providing vulnerable children with context-specific education and a package of support; a reduction of the gap in mortality rates in mothers and in newborns and increasing the DCT3 routine immunization rate in Lekoumou by 20%.

Target groups

Women, children, girls, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples, human rights defenders, persons affected by HIV/AIDS, leprosy, victims of slavery, torture, trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse.


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 4,714,966

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and the Promotion of Indigenous Peoples; Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education; Ministry of Health, Population, Promotion of Women and Integration of Women in Development; Ministry of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action

January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 (30 months)

Financial Information