A new custom online database has been created by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Eastern Congo Initiative to highlight the community-based organizations located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to AllAfrica. This tool was made available to assist and aid agencies in connecting with organizations that provide resources to people across Eastern Congo.
“Data-driven insights are critical to creating effective and efficient partnerships,” said Ricardo Michel, USAID’s Acting Director for the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, according to the news source. “We are pleased to recognize organizations like the Eastern Congo Initiative that are leveraging technology in the service of international development and working to increase access to information that will lead to more informed funding and programming decisions.”
The main perk of this tool will be its ability to close the information gap, according to AllAfrica, as there is a lack of precise information about these agencies and their ability to assist local communities. With this online database in place, it should be much easier to find information about these organizations and contact them about needed goods or services.
Africa’s information gap could be helped by a series of online databases like this. The East African Community is lacking these necessary tools, according to The Citizen. Uganda politician Rose Namayanja said most Ugandans don’t know about regional matters, something that could hurt efforts to unify the region.