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Sida's work in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Despite its rich natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world, and has been shaped by decades of armed conflict. Sida's work in DRC focuses on some of the root causes of conflict, as well as other obstacles to development. Women's rights is one of Sweden´s profile issues. Sida also works humanitarianly in Somalia

Sida’s support in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2021

Total development assistance 965184000 SEK, Development cooperation 575714000 SEK, Humanitarian assistance 389470000 SEK.

Progress has been made


of children graduated from middle school in 2018. In 2002, the share was 42%.¹

Decreasing infant mortality

The number of children who die before the age of five has decreased from 161 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 85 per 1,000 live births in 2019.2

Reforms for gender equality

Over recent decades, the DRC has implemented a number of reforms for gender equality, for example regarding parental leave and pensions.Economic and legal equality (that women and men must be treated equally before the law) has continued to increase after 2019, from indices 70 to 79 in the World Bank’s index.4

Challenges remain

One of the world’s poorest countries

More than three quarters of the population live in extreme poverty (income below $1.90 a day), making the country one of the world’s poorest. In 2020, the DRC occupied 175th place out of 189 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index.5

Fragile democratic development

Democratic development has improved somewhat in recent years after a negative period between 2015 and the 2018 election. After the first peaceful change of power in the country’s history in 2018, conditions for reforms are now better. However, the situation is fragile and human rights are often violated. DR Congo is still a non-functioning democracy that is ranked among the least democratic countries in the world.6

Gender-based violence is common

DRC is one of the least gender equal countries in the world, ranked in 151th place out of 153 countries surveyed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2021.7 Gender-based violence against women and girls is extremely common.

Two types of aid in Democratic Republic of the Congo

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: April 5, 2022