Democratic Republic of the Congo

Children in Democratic Republic of Congo collecting water
Photo: J. Asenbrennerova for Action Against Hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo
69.4 million
Human Development Index
176 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
236 employees
Program Start

People Helped in 2016: 374,550

People Received Nutritional Support 
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa’s second largest country, with great mineral and natural resources. From 1998 to 2002, it was at the center of “Africa’s World War,” which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 5.4 million people from violence, hunger, and disease.

Although the country is huge—slightly less than one quarter of the size of the United States—the majority of land is forest and not used for agriculture, which contributes to food deficits. Today, DRC is one of the poorest and least developed nations on earth.

In 2006, the country successfully held its first multiparty presidential elections in 60 years. However, hopes for stability gave way to volatility in the country’s five eastern provinces, fueled by sustained conflict among regional militias, ethnic groups, armed groups from neighboring countries, and government forces. As a result of these factors, DRC is enduring an entrenched, complex humanitarian crisis. Overall,1.8 million people in the country have been displaced by conflict, many over and over again. An alarming 23 percent of children are acutely malnourished, and seventy percent of the population lack adequate access to food.

Action Against Hunger has been working in Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. We have current programs in 5 provinces: Kinshasa, Kasai Occidental, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Bandundu.

What We Achieved in 2016

Our programs improved nutrition security for 374,550 people.

Nutrition, Health, and Care Practices: 164,5111 people

  • Trained local partners to treat acute undernutrition
  • Involved communities to understand local causes of hunger

Food Security and Livelihoods: 377 people

  • Met urgent needs of families facing hunger
  • Helped vulnerable displaced families plant new crops for income and food

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: 209,662 people

  • Prevented cholera through education and improved sanitation
  • Brought accessible sources of clean water to  communities



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