What is the RRMP ?

Responding to the humanitarian needs of displaced persons is a major challenge in eastern DRC. Due to the dynamic nature of conflict and displacement, needs may vary greatly from one community to another and may change at any moment.

Developed in 2004 as a mechanism to respond quickly to the complex crisis in eastern DRC, the Rapid Response to Population Movements (formerly known as the Rapid Response Mechanism) has become an indispensable source of multi-sectoral aid in the DRC, as well as providing valuable information on needs assessment to the global humanitarian community.

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Since 2012, the combined activities of the RRMP have reached nearly 8 million beneficiaries in North Kivu, Maniema, South Kivu, Ituri, Haut Ueleet and Tanganyika

Where is the RRMP located ?

The partners

The RRMP is jointly managed by UNICEF and OCHA. The RRMP is currently being implemented by five international nongovernmental organization partners: AVSI, IRC, NRC, Save the Children and Solidarités International. The RRMP is funded by the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the Common Fund and the governments of the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

What is the RRMP’s strategy?

Pre-position partners and equipment

The RRMP accelerates the analytical and response processes by pre-positioning aid materials and pre-financing international partner NGOs to conduct assessments and interventions.

Assessing and responding to vulnerability

The RRMP has initiated a vulnerability-based approach to needs assessment and response by identifying of the most vulnerable areas through multisectoral analyzes that use specific tools developed to assess vulnerability in areas of Education, Health, Food Security, Water and Sanitation and Essential Household Goods.

Maintain Emergency Response Capacity

The RRMP maintains a continual emergency response capacity in four key areas: temporary shelter materials and non-food items; water and sanitation services; emergency education and health care. The use of pre-positioned stocks and pre-financing enables NGO partners to respond immediately without having to submit individual project proposals, or source or recruit new teams for each new emergency situation.

What sectors take part in the RRMP ?

The RRMP maintains a continual emergency response capacity in four key areas: temporary shelter materials and non-food items; water and sanitation services; emergency education and health care.

Non-food items and shelters

The RRMP distributes non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter materials to the most affected populations, or organizes fairs so that the population can buy them from local suppliers.

Water, hygiene and sanitation

Through its partners, the RRMP works to provide sufficient drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities in emergency situations and to ensure an effective response to cholera epidemics.

Emergency education

The RRMP facilitates access to a protective environment for children through emergency education activities (temporary classrooms, sanitary equipment and facilities, scholarships and recreational kits for students / teachers and continuing education for teachers and parents).


The RRMP provides access to basic health care for the most vulnerable populations affected by an emergency.

What does the RRMP do in the field ?

Cash transfers for vulnerable people affected by conflicts

PRESS RELEASE - 92,000 vulnerable people in North Kivu assisted through the innovative approach of cash transfers.
22 November 2016/by Djaounsede Madjiangar

Using radio and television to make Children’s Voices heard

Radio and televesion play a key role in the spread of Children's Voices. David shares with us his experience as a Child Reporter in Ituri.
21 November 2016/by David

UNICEF in the DRC: an exceptional photo exhibition

UNICEF is celebrating its 70 years of action in the world! What does UNICEF in the DRC do? Discover our exceptional photo exhibition !
18 November 2016/by Justine Mounet

In Pweto, children return to school despite conflicts

Schooling for children during conflict is uncertain. In Pweto, new classooms offer them an opportunity to continue their schooling !
17 November 2016/by Typhaine Daems

Capoeira reduces violence and aggression in children

Learning capoeira in Eastern DRC is a way for the most vulnerable children to feel united. Capoeira provides hope to these children.
16 November 2016/by Suzanne

Child’s right to protection integrated in Universities in DRC

Historical: Child’s right to protection will be implemented as an obligatory core course for all post-secondary legal studies in DRC.
15 November 2016/by Innocent Bugandwa

Young children facing pneumonia and diarrhoea

PRESS RELEASE - Pneumonia and diarrhoea together kill 1.4 million children each year despite the fact that both illnesses are largely preventable.
14 November 2016/by Yves Willemot

No education means no future

It’s through education that futures are built. But, only 56.3% of children attend primary school in Nord-Kivu.
10 November 2016/by Laetitia

Child soldiers: from care to reintegration into society

Since 2003, efforts on multiple fronts has been set up to end the use of child soldiers in DRC and for the reintegration of these children.
9 November 2016/by Billy Nkono

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