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Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has the potential to be an economic powerhouse and a force for peace and stability at the heart of the continent. Progress towards sustainable development and poverty reduction will bring enormous benefits to millions of poor people in the Congo, its neighbours and the wider world. Helping turn this fascinating country in that direction is a core goal of DFID DRC's country programme.

‘Saving Lives, Saving Futures’ or something in between ?

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Women trained by IRC in Luntukulu have been able to help women and girls who have experienced violence to get help. Picture: Charlotte Duncan/DFID

Having arrived in DRC just over a month ago, I was incredibly lucky to be taken with Alastair and Mischa - colleagues from the DFID DRC humanitarian team - to see our programmes in the east. Having seen that special security …

Old shoes and OMO: cracking the problem of urban water in Goma

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Community water committee, Goma. Picture: Chris Pycroft/DFID.

Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must be one of the most difficult environments to deliver clean water. The city is built on the lava flows from nearby active volcanoes (the last major eruption was …

Why DRC’s youth need to take a stand to empower girls' lives

In DRC half the female population aged 15 to 24 are illiterate. Only 10% of girls reach some secondary level of education. Picture: DFID DRC

The Girl Summit 2014 is an important global campaign for DRC, where an estimated 39% of girls are married between the ages of 15 and 18  – and probably younger in rural areas. And that figure needs caveating with the …