Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.

The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world and will have 15% of the world’s poor by 2030.

A large number of people face exclusion and discrimination, particularly women and girls, people living with disabilities, and certain ethnic and regional groups. The DRC has also suffered from decades of conflict. The Congo wars, which ended in 2003, cost 5 million lives and drew in eight other countries. Violence and insecurity continue to displace 3 million people from their homes. The DRC is prone to large public health emergencies, including eight Ebola outbreaks since the 1970s, the latest this year, and a large yellow fever outbreak last year.

At the same time, the DRC has enormous potential for growth, trade and investment. It has enough fertile land to feed a billion people. Its forests are second in size only to the Amazon. Its hydroelectric energy resources could power most of Africa. It has an estimated USD 24 trillion of mineral wealth. Unlocking this potential will have huge benefits for the Congolese people and the region as well as increase commercial opportunities for UK businesses.

To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Democratic Republic of Congo.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in DRC, see:

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DFID DRC

Avenue Roi Baudouin 83
PO Box 81049

Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo