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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Pasadena-based Tetra Tech Inc. a $23 million single-award contract to improve economic growth and food security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Under the five-year Feed the Future Strengthening Value Chains Activity Contract, Tetra Tech will foster relationships between market exporters and local farmers in the Congo in order to increase sales and the profitability of their key, nutrient-rich crops.

They Have No Home, But These Refugees Are Teaming Up For The Olympics

The world's first team of refugee athletes are competing at the summer Olympics. 

[...] When Popole Misenga started training for his Olympic judo team he was, well, too ferocious [...] The Congolese judoka is pushing to compete in the Rio Olympics this August as part of the Games' first stateless team […] As a child of the Democratic Republic of Congo's 1998-2003 war, which killed millions and left many more homeless, the 24-year-old has been hardened by terror, hunger, and desperation.

Stories about art, music and theater were a key theme in this week’s PD News roundup. 

A Congolese hip-hop artist exiled in a Malawian refugee camp is determined to fight xenophobia with his music.

December 15, 2015

Many African entrepreneurs today consider China as the new land of opportunities. One of them is Nathalie Fodderie from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) […] Through her journey, we see how African and Chinese traders grapple with geographic and cultural hurdles to make a profit.

November 5, 2015

When Armand Diangienda picks up an instrument that he has never played, he looks for its hidden rule. That skill [...] was crucial twenty years ago, when he started the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2014, they travelled to the U.K. to perform with several ensembles, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, in a tour of English cities.

The United States Agency for International Development has requested $21,8 million to fund political activities in Zimbabwe for 2016, including availing money to the civil society's agenda to "hold Government accountable". Information at hand indicates that some of the countries to receive the money in Sub-Saharan Africa besides Zimbabwe are South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Liberia and Somalia.