Tag Archives: leadership

Listen to our Latest Podcast

Our Program Manager in South Kivu, Washikala, recently recorded this podcast. He does an amazing job of discussing issues plaguing the Congo and highlighting nicely how together we can change the trajectory of this country. It takes a village, but … Continue reading

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Thank you Syracuse University!

This is a guest post by Emily Ballard, CEO of Congo Leadership Initiative This past weekend, I and Nathaniel Houghton, President and Founder of CLI, competed in the Raymond von Dran Funding Competition at Syracuse University.  We are proud to … Continue reading

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Aid and the Congo

This post is by Deputy Director Emily Ballard Imagine being Congolese in the year 1960. The year that for the first time since the 1800s, the Congo is free from Belgian rule and newly named the Democratic Republic of the … Continue reading

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CLI’s Empowerment Model

In the past few years there had been a lot more awareness about nonprofits and the work they are doing. But with this awareness have come criticisms; is aid really helping anyone? The old way of running nonprofits doesn’t work … Continue reading

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The first trip to Congo

This post by Founder Nate Houghton outlines his first trip to Kinshasa. The first thing to do when you’re nineteen and interested in working in the Congo is arrange a trip. The second thing to do is tell your parents … Continue reading

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An update from Kinshasa

CLI’s Program Officer Jason Ricciardi is about to make his way back to the United States after a two-month trip to Kinshasa. His contributions to CLI’s programming have been undeniable, and he had the following to say about his time … Continue reading

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CLI Leader Stories: Esther

“Okanisi yonde okobongisa mboka oyo?” Translation: “You think it is you who will change this country?” Not everyone in her neighborhood believes it yet, but in Esther’s case, the answer is yes! Before even beginning CLI’s Leadership Accelerator last month, … Continue reading

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CLI Leader Stories: Andy

“CLI has helped me discover what it means to be a leader. Before, I had no examples I could look to.” Andy Kalubi is a member of CLI’s most recent class of young leaders, but it is clear that the … Continue reading

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CLI Leader Stories: Rachel

“I am no longer the same as before the training. I banished fear, lack of control of choice, and I knew it was possible to create change when before all I saw was the negative.” These words come from one … Continue reading

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Is it a Security Problem?

Voice of America published a great article regarding their opinion on the Congolese Security Sector earlier this week. Ben Afleck’s Eastern Congo Intiative called for reforms in the security sector due to a “lack of political will.” The DRC, which … Continue reading

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