Apoline Niyosenge is taught how to wash her hands properly by Concern community worker Abel Bamwisho, DRC. Photo: Pamela TulizoApoline Niyosenge is taught how to wash her hands properly by Concern community worker Abel Bamwisho, DRC. Photo: Pamela TulizoApoline Niyosenge is taught how to wash her hands properly by Concern community worker Abel Bamwisho, DRC. Photo: Pamela Tulizo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Why are we in Democratic Republic of Congo? Concern Worldwide has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994. Our teams intervene in the sectors of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, Nutrition and Livelihoods, and Gender & Protection with a focus on the Eastern part of the country.

The second largest number of internally displaced persons in the world

The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains one of the most complex and longstanding humanitarian crises in Africa. The country currently has the largest number of internally displaced persons on the African continent with more than 5.7 million internally displaced people (IDPs) living within host communities or in IDP sites (OCHA Humanitarian Response Plan 2023). Since March 2022, over 800,000 people have fled their homes due to a resurgence of conflict in the east of the country, with women and children at particular risk of discrimination and gender-based violence.

The DRC also remains the world’s largest food crisis, with 26.4 million people – a quarter of the population - facing acute food insecurity in 2023 (IPC 2022). The Covid-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and ongoing conflict in DRC have led to significant price rises, increasing pressure on the 60 million people already living on less than $2.15 a day.

Latest achievements

Emergency assistance

In 2022, Concern supported over 150,000 individuals displaced by conflict and natural disasters in DRC with emergency cash transfers/vouchers and food distributions.

Health

Gender equality

Irene Ngoyi tending a community garden, Manono Territory, DRC. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
Irene Ngoyi tending a community garden, Manono Territory, DRC. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
A family leaves their neighbourhood in Goma, after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, DRC. Photo: Esdras Tsongo/Concern Worldwide
A family leaves their neighbourhood in Goma, after the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, DRC. Photo: Esdras Tsongo/Concern Worldwide
Women return from farmland with baskets of vegetables and firewood in the DRC. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
Women return from farmland with baskets of vegetables and firewood in the DRC. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
A Concern staff member checks the names of IDPs who have been registered to receive assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Esdras Tsongo/Concern Worldwide
A Concern staff member checks the names of IDPs who have been registered to receive assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Esdras Tsongo/Concern Worldwide
Adrenise in the village of Kaiha, Manono Territory. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
Adrenise in the village of Kaiha, Manono Territory. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide

Providing high quality assistance

With programmes in North Kivu and Tanganyika, Concern Worldwide DRC is developing and implementing programmes along the full emergency continuum, ranging from rapid response and humanitarian assistance to early recovery assistance and development interventions.

Concern’s objective is to alleviate poverty and hunger to provide high-quality assistance through innovative programmes with a strong focus on transforming existing gender norms and integrating protection principles.

Supported with funding from Irish Aid, BHA, FCDO, ECHO, BMZ, SIDA and private foundations, in 2022 Concern reached more than 800,000 of the most vulnerable people with emergency cash interventions, gender training, WASH, food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and shelter programmes.

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.

Rapid response
Building resilience
Graduation model
Apoline Niyosenge is taught how to wash her hands properly by Concern community worker Abel Bamwisho, DRC. Photo: Pamela Tulizo

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  • Our mission is to permanently transform the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

  • When an emergency strikes we are among the first on the ground.

  • We go to the ends of earth to deliver aid where it's needed most.

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