Democratic Republic of the Congo
Improving educational and vocational training
Contributing to good financial governance
Ensuring better access to basic services
Sustainably managing forests
Supporting the financial and production sectors
Located in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo occupies a central position in the Congo basin region, bordered by eight countries. With more than 75 million inhabitants, it is the most populous French-speaking country in the world.
Yet it remains one of the poorest of the world’s countries, despite its considerable human and economic potential. Its young people have few job prospects and most of the population live below the poverty line.
Many years of armed conflict, political instability and the fragmentation of the country into isolated regions have largely contributed to this situation.
To face up to these challenges, the DRC has embarked on a number of priority reforms in the areas of education, health employment and budgetary management, all national priorities supported by AFD.
AFD has had a presence in the country since 1976 and is one of the Congolese authorities’ main partners. It supports public and private actors, primarily through donations but also with loans and bank guarantees.