Members of the Water Committee meet in Katchambuyu, Tanganyika, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/ Concern Worldwide.Members of the Water Committee meet in Katchambuyu, Tanganyika, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/ Concern Worldwide.Members of the Water Committee meet in Katchambuyu, Tanganyika, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/ Concern Worldwide.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Why are we in Democratic Republic of Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces several challenges, including high levels of poverty, continuous armed conflict in many parts of the country, disease outbreaks including Ebola, and high food insecurity. 

Concern Worldwide has been present in the country for over two decades providing both emergency and development programming.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in DRC. Find out more about our response here.

Decades of clashes between armed groups have led to widespread displacement in DRC

Over four million people are registered as internally displaced, and many people have been displaced on multiple occasions, further increasing their vulnerabilities and decreasing their resilience. In response to these deepening humanitarian needs, we are implementing emergency and development programming in North Kivu, Tanganyika, Haut Lomami, Kasai Central and Lomami provinces.

Latest achievements

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Cash distributions

In May 2020, Concern's rapid response team completed a large cash distribution in Oicha in North Kivu for 8,000 households, mostly internally displaced people fleeing extreme violence in Ituri province.

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Ebola response

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Emergency distribution

15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga and her family in in her village, Mulombwa, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga and her family in in her village, Mulombwa, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga from Mulombwa, DRC who has benefited from Concern's WASH programmes. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
15 year old Liliana Mwenza wa llunga from Mulombwa, DRC who has benefited from Concern's WASH programmes. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Mujinda Joseph (5) and the foot of his father Yumba Kalofando Banjamin in Tanganyika, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Mujinda Joseph (5) and the foot of his father Yumba Kalofando Banjamin. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Albert Mukalay, a Concern Hygiene Promoter in Tanganiyka province, holds a training session with Animateurs in Katchumbuyu, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Albert Mukalay, a Concern Hygiene Promoter in Tanganiyka province, holds a training session with Animateurs in Katchumbuyu, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Mama Kabula (16) of Mulombwa village in Manono territory, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Mama Kabula (16) of Mulombwa village in Manono territory, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Ngoy Francine, Treasurer of the Water Committee in Katchambuyu, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Ngoy Francine, Treasurer of the Water Committee in Katchambuyu, DRC. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene in DRC

Working with partners, the DRC WASH Consortium has delivered sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene from 2012 - 2018 for more than 640,000 people living in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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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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