The UK is the DRC’s second-biggest donor. Compared with most other countries, the DRC receives very little aid per person, meaning that help from the UK makes a big difference.
However, at a time when need has never been greater in the DRC, there are reports which suggest UK aid to the country could be reduced by up to 60%. This would have devastating consequences.
UK Aid has been crucial for the provision of essential humanitarian assistance through food and cash transfers to the most at-risk communities in the DRC. At the same time it has enabled access to vital nutrition, water and sanitation, and education services to the most vulnerable population groups in the country. But if the reports of a 60 percent cut are true, this could mean hundreds of thousands of people lose access to life-saving humanitarian aid, while efforts that have helped support millions in the DRC to escape extreme poverty, will stall.
The human cost of this decision would be devastating and will impact generations to come.