Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Population Media Center (PMC) has spearheaded transformative social change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through strategic communication interventions. Using serialized radio dramas, they’ve addressed critical issues like gender equality, reproductive health, and conflict resolution, fostering dialogue and empowering communities to make informed decisions. PMC’s innovative approach has contributed to positive shifts in behavior and attitudes, paving the way for a more sustainable and equitable society in the DRC.

Country Director

Guy Bokongo
Country Director, PMC-DRC


Welcome to PMC-DRC

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), PMC has made a significant impact through its radio programming. PMC produced three influential shows: Pambazuko, which addressed reproductive health, education, and great ape conservation in eastern Congo; Elembo, focusing on critical social issues in Kinshasa, Equateur Province, and Orientale Province; and Vivra Verra, a nationwide broadcast in French promoting discussions on health, education, and gender equality. These programs reflect PMC’s dedication to using radio as a powerful medium for positive change and to support key initiatives aimed at improving societal well-being in the DRC. Through engaging storytelling and strategic dissemination, PMC continues to contribute to awareness-building and empowerment across communities in the country.


Hear from the listeners of Elembo and Pambazuko, Population Media Center’s educational entertainment programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Listeners of Elembo were 2.4 times more likely to say “Deforestation” when asked “In your opinion, what are the causes of environmental degradation?”
Listeners of Elembo were 4.9 times more likely to say “education opportunities of the children” when asked, “For what reasons do you generally approve of family planning?”
Listeners of Pambazuko were 3.2 times more likely to say that girls should be encouraged to pursue their education to a high level.
Listeners of Pambazuko were 2.4 times more likely to say “Yes” when asked, “In general, do you approve of family planning?

Our Projects

Vivra Verra

PMC produced Vivra Verra (“Time Will Tell”) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This 156-episode radio show aired from September 2014 through March 2016 in French, a national language. Vivra Verra aired nationwide on Radio Okapi, twice per week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Vivra Verra was one of three unique radio serial dramas developed for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Elembo (“Footprint”) was broadcast in two provinces in Lingala and Pambazuko (“The Dawn”) was broadcast in eastern Congo in Swahili. As with all PMC radio shows, Vivra Verra was created using PMC’s radio show methodology.

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