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Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Democratic Republic of Congo Case Study Report

January 2018 — By Douglas Brown

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) case illustrates the complexity and diversity of contexts within which program design and implementation occurs. It highlights the need for provincial-scale assessments, local market monitoring, and flexibility to pivot to different modalities depending on changing contexts such as influxes of refugees from neighboring countries; sporadic inter-tribal conflict and subsequent internal displacements; seasonally poor road conditions; and insufficient mobile networks. All modalities were useful in at least some of the heterogeneous contexts, especially voucher fairs with in-kind aid (U.S.-sourced and locally and regionally purchased foods). This case also highlights collaborative programming between FFP and the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.