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