Read our 2022 annual report
Why are we in Democratic Republic of Congo? Concern Worldwide has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994. Our teams intervene in the sectors of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Nutrition and Livelihoods, and Gender & Protection with a focus on the eastern part of the country.
The fourth largest number of internally displaced persons in the world
With 5.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) currently hosts the fourth largest number of internally displaced persons in the world, and the second largest in Africa.
In addition, 26.4 million people are affected by acute food insecurity in the DRC, resulting in a high malnutrition rate, aggravated by displacements, lack of water and hygiene infrastructure and poor access to health and nutrition services.
Access to WASH services remains limited, only 31% of the population has access to improved water sources. 56% of the population uses unimproved toilets and 12% do not have access to basic sanitation facilities.
In 2021, Concern supported 3,000 households with regular cash transfers and business skills trainings, to help restore their livelihoods. Meanwhile, in 2020, 159,000 displaced people received emergency assistance from Concern’s Rapid Response Team.
Providing high quality assistance
With programmes in North Kivu and Tanganyika, Concern Worldwide DRC is developing and implementing programmes along the full emergency continuum, ranging from rapid response and humanitarian assistance to early recovery assistance and development interventions.
Concern’s objective is to alleviate poverty and hunger to provide high quality assistance through innovative programmes and with a strong focus on transforming existing gender norms and integrating protection principles.
Supported with funding from Irish Aid, BHA, FCDO, ECHO, BMZ, SIDA and foundations, in 2020, Concern reached more than 400,000 of the most vulnerable people with emergency cash interventions, gender trainings, WASH, food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and shelter programmes.
How we're helping in DRC
We’re alleviating suffering in DRC through our emergency response programmes and building resilience by tackling malnutrition and gender equality.
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