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Country FlagCongo (Democratic Republic)


DRC has enormous potential. Decades of poor governance, chronic corruption and civil war have, however, taken their toll and DRC languishes at the bottom of the UN’s Human Development Index. But DRC’s political environment is more stable than it was a decade ago, and its economy is showing some signs of growth. Armed conflict remains a major challenge. Poor governance and corruption continue to deter foreign investment and stifle economic growth. In 2013–14 DFID spent £162.2 million on its programmes in DRC.

Top priorities

  • support the establishment of peace and stability in the country and ensure humanitarian needs are met
  • invest in infrastructure and basic service provision, while promoting better governance to ensure improvements are maintained in the longer term
  • support sound economic management, with the promotion of a better enabling environment for the private sector

Further resources

DRC Operational Plan
DRC page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £127,463,036
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 1.74%
  • Active Projects 15
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 77.27 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2012, source World Bank): 77.08%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 6.01
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 6.92%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Congo (Democratic Republic).