Dynamo International has been working closely with the Street Social Work Support Committee (CATSR) since 2006, as well as the Ministry for Social Affairs (MINAS), and more specifically the Directorate for Child Protection Social Initiatives (DISPE).
CATSR’s aims and objectives
CATSR aims to showcase and promote street social work, and to help devise structural and sustainable responses to the issues encountered on the ground and experienced by the most vulnerable communities, and more specifically by children in difficult situations.
The vibrant and fruitful partnership between Dynamo International and CATSR enabled a large number of projects to be put in place and above all effective advocacy campaigns to be run targeting the Congolese public authorities, lobbying for a new child protection law in the country. As a result, Law number 9 on child projection in the DRC was enacted on 10 January 2009. Street social work is recognized in the DRC, which is unique in Africa, even if public funding is taking time to materialize.
2017-2021 DGD Programme
Working in partnership with CATSR and DISPE, DI is implementing the DGD (Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid) 2017-2021 Programme – “Access to children’s rights, including children in street situations, is facilitated by interaction between the public authorities, the general public, and civil society.”
The DGD programme covers six provinces in the country (Boma, Bukavu, Kananga, Mbuji-Mayi, Lubumbashi and Kinshasa) with the national coordination body being based in Kinshasa.
In this instance, Dynamo International in partnership with CATSR and the DISPE is endeavouring to help bolster the application of the law on child protection in the DRC with a special emphasis being placed on children in street situations and their specific needs via the street social work method. And more specifically, facilitate access to rights for children, including street children, by means of interaction between the public authorities, the general public and civil society.