April 26, 2012, 9:04 p.m.
The National Democratic Institute has released a Focus Group report on democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo entitled "Reach Out To Us: Findings from Focus Groups with Young Men and Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
New focus group research from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finds an overwhelming majority of participants believe the country can become a full-fledged democracy, provided it has better leadership and unity among the people. Those surveyed were also especially concerned with the corrosive power of corruption in the country, and they want political parties and elected leaders to be more responsive to citizens.
NDI is going to share these findings with Congolese political parties and elected officials in the hopes that this information will help build consensus in order to tackle the country's issues. It is the hope that the findings in this survey will help political elites within the DRC to be more responsive to the constituents they serve.