Mireille – the New Representative of SOS Faim in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

SOS Faim recently opened an antenna office in DRC and Mireille Bishikwabo is from now on in charge of the coordination of our local programs. Mireille took office on the 4th of last May. Let’s meet her!

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Tell us more about your professional experience

I am a graduate agronomist and I have several experiences in the NGO sector. Amongst others, in 2002, I participated in the creation of a Congolese NGO active in environmental protection. This was a big challenge as one of the main tasks was to raise funds for the setting up of the NGO, which still exists today. I also worked as a program manager for Christian Aid as well as for CENADEP, a partner of SOS Faim.

What did you particularly like about SOS Faim?

Working with SOS Faim is for me an opportunity to get back to my first passion – the agricultural sector. This is a great professional challenge because there are many issues and obstacles hindering a boost of agricultural production in DRC.

Something else I like about SOS Faim is the long-term partnership approach. It makes it possible to work in depth and to develop a strong and sustainable capacity building strategy.

What does your job within our antenna office consist of ?

I contracted with SOS Faim to coordinate and to follow-up SOS Faim’s main partners: CENADEP, CONAPAC and FOPAKO. Currently, I am busy organizing the « round-table discussion South » of the Coalition Against Hunger which will take place in Kinshasa in september 2015. The round-table discussion will be conducted by the National Forum for Family Agriculture Promotion in DRC.

In your opinion, what are tomorrow’s big challenges?

As it is a new antenna office and a new position, there are quite a lot of challenges ! I see two main priorities today: firstly, we have to work on the strategic plan with the aim of supporting our partners in the best possible way; secondly, we need to work on a fundraising strategy in order to find new funders in DRC.