In December 2006, United Nations agencies, International Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) launched the Consolidated Appeal for the Great Lakes Region (GLR) with the aim of providing essential humanitarian support services and multi-country assistance to affected populations in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reached an historic milestone in 2006. For the first time in over 40 years, the people of the DRC cast their ballots and chose a president through democratic elections widely acclaimed as free and fair. A new government will soon be in place and it will face enormous challenges, not the least among them meeting the high expectations of the Congolese people who have suffered through years of war, poverty and neglect. For now, there is hope, as well as a commitment of the Congolese people to improving their lives.