Invisible Children partners with local peacebuilders across central Africa to end violent conflict through locally-led solutions.
We were founded in 2004 to help end two decades of mass violence and child abductions by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which was once considered “the world’s most neglected humanitarian crisis.” After years of trailblazing international awareness campaigns, political advocacy, and on-the-ground community protection programs in areas of central Africa facing active LRA violence, we have seen a 92% reduction in killings by the LRA and the peaceful defection of dozens of LRA fighters, including senior leaders.
The LRA is weaker than ever before and hundreds of LRA captives are finally free. In 2021 alone, Invisible Children reunited 92 former LRA captives with their families.
Today, led by a new Board of Directors, a new CEO, and a global leadership team with seasoned experts from Subsaharan Africa, we are leveraging the expertise and relationships we have built over the years to expand our work and increase our impact.
As LRA violence has reduced and other threats in central Africa have emerged, we have dynamically adapted to meet the changing needs of central African communities. We expanded our on-the-ground programs and conflict analysis to help local peacebuilders and their communities develop innovative methods to prevent violence and build sustainable peace. And these days, we work with talented Central African filmmakers in communities impacted by violence to help them tell their own stories and promote peace.
From the beginning, we were driven by the conviction that every human being has inherent dignity and deserves to live free from the threat of violence, no matter who they are or where they live.
In 10 years, we have accomplished a lot, learned a lot, and changed a lot (we’re sure you have, too) – but that same conviction still drives us forward. We would love for you to join us on the exciting journey ahead.
BRINGING LRA CAPTIVES HOME: Since 2012, Invisible Children has cared for hundreds of men, women, and children after their escape from the LRA and reunited them with their families. In 2021 alone, we reunited 92 escapees with their families, and we continue to be the primary organization in central Africa providing safe shelter, psychosocial care, and family reunification support to LRA escapees.
HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR LRA SURVIVORS: Our advocacy campaigns have helped to secure more than $40 million of U.S. government humanitarian assistance to LRA-affected communities in DRC and CAR.
EXPANDING LIFE-SAVING EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS: With support from donors like the U.S. agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State, we have expanded our community-based Early Warning System to more than 165 highly remote communities in DRC, CAR, and South Sudan. This program helps vulnerable populations to improve their safety by sharing life-saving information with each other and employing local violence-prevention strategies.
A NEW APPROACH TO STORYTELLING: Through our Mobile Cinema program, we co-produced three films in collaboration with the talented Central African filmmakers at OAZ Entertainment, NOVO, and local organizations SAIPED and Bria Londo. Featuring an entirely Congolese or Central African cast, each film is made for Central African audiences as part of grassroots awareness campaigns about issues that impact regional peace and security. Since 2018, we have screened the films more than 1000 times, reaching more than 150,000 people in DRC and CAR.
HELPING SURVIVORS HEAL FROM TRAUMA: Since July 2020, and as part of the USAID-funding Community Resilience in Central African (CRCA) Activity, Invisible Children has provided focused trauma counseling by expert psychologists to more than 2,700 conflict-affected individuals in DRC and CAR, including former LRA abductees and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. 75% of those who have been discharged show notable signs of improved mental health.
Invisible Children is privileged to have a dedicated and highly experienced Global Leadership Team charting the way forward. Get to know our leaders:
Lisa has spent the last 14 years working to advance U.S. and international policies and oversee field-based programs that seek to improve civilian protection and strengthen community resilience across central Africa. Lisa also serves on the Board of Directors for the Counsel to Secure Justice, an India-based nonprofit organization advancing restorative justice and healing for children and families impacted by sexual violence.
Bila brings over 27 years of experience in program development and administration and extensive firsthand experience in the region having worked on projects in Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Uganda. Along with speaking several African languages, Bila is fluent in French and English. He is a Professor of Biodiversity, Climatology and Climate Change and Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science and holds a PhD in Biodiversity Management from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.
Leveraging close to 20 years of experience in international development, Philippe applies his cross-disciplinary expertise as Invisible Children’s Director of Global Operations and Compliance. With infectious optimism, he has spent the past decade ensuring consistent adaptation of best methodologies, elevating technical and portfolio management for various NGO’s organizations including FHI360, Sterling Group, and CCA.
Richard is Invisible Children’s Director of Finance and Accounting. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and spent several years in commercial world accounting before joining the international development sector in 2006. He previously worked as Head of Finance for Actionaid International and served as the Chief Financial Officer at Saferworld. Since moving to the US, he has previously worked for the ONE Campaign and holds voluntary positions in DC organizations working with children and the homeless.
John holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Poitier in France and is a Doctorate candidate in Business Administration at the School of Management and Administration in Geneva. John has led finance and operations teams at several NGO and private organizations since 2006. John is a university lecturer and trainer in governance and good practices in finance management.
Jill has served the non-profit community for nearly 20 years, raising millions of dollars in public and private sector support. She has helped international and national organizations grow and increase their impact. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Rene joined Invisible Children in 2018, coming to our team with more than ten years of experience in operations in the humanitarian sector. His career has been primarily focused on meeting the security, human resources, and logistics needs of humanitarian organizations. Today, Rene manages regional operations for Invisible Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), supporting our mission to end violent conflict in our world’s most at-risk communities.
Olivier has more than ten years of experience working with organizations including International Rescue Committee and Catholic Relief Services in community protection work with a particular focus on the protection of women and children.
Sidiki is a social worker and manager with 20 years of experience working to improve the situations displaced persons, refugees, and poor rural villagers in several countries in the Sub-Sahara African region. He leads USAID’s People to People Activity, an Invisible Children project in the Central African Republic.
Paul oversees Invisible Children’s research and policy development and manages the Crisis Tracker, a project that provides conflict data and analysis to affected communities, policymakers, and humanitarians. Paul travels frequently to the tri-border region of CAR, DR Congo, and South Sudan, frequently collaborating with civil society leaders in all three countries. He has authored numerous reports related to conflict dynamics in the tri-border region, and is a frequent contributor to media outlets, Congressional briefings and think tank forums. Prior to joining Invisible Children, he worked for nearly a decade with The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative.
Invisible Children invests in small-scale livelihood development projects to strengthen local economies, unite diverse communities and reduce exposure to violence and exploitation. Each project is unique to the community’s self-identified needs and existing resources. They range from small business to…Read More
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