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Democratic Republic of Congo


ACRA centre


c/o Isco

283 Avenue des Tropiques

Limete Residentiel Kinshasa RDC




Capital: Kinshasa

Area: 2.344.885 km²

Popolation: 73.599.190


The Democratic Republic of Congo is a densely populated country, home to various hundred ethnic groups. The territory consists mainly of plains, with vast areas of lowlands and marshes. The mountain areas are not too high with the exception of Mount Ruwenzori (5,119 m). Apart from the highland areas, the country's climate is hot-humid.

The economy is principally based on the primary sector (agriculture and mining). The country possesses immense natural resources yet Congo has the lowest GDP per capita in the world. In 2009, following international investments in sectors like mineral extraction, agriculture, the restoration of power stations on the Congo river and the construction of infrastructures with the aid of the Chinese, Congo has seen an increase in its GDP of 12.1%, the highest in the world in 2009.

The ACRA Foundation has been operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2012 with a project in support of the right of access to water which includes the construction and management of water supply systems in the province of Bandundu, in the territories of Popokabaka and Kinshasa.


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Human Development Index
on 187 countries in the worlds*
187th position Urban population* 35%
Average age** 17,4 years
- 17,2 men
- 17,6 women
Per Capita Income (PPP)* $ 280
($ 0,7 a day)
Population living under the
poverty line**
71% Life expectancy at birth* 55,7 years
Under 5 mortality* 199/1000 HIV prevalence in adults** n.p.
Children under 5 who are underweight for their age** 28,2% Unemployment rate** n.d.
Workforce occupation** 80% agricolture
20% industriy e services
Literacy rate** 66,8 %
- 76,9% men
- 57% women
Population with access to drinking water*** 45%
- 79% urban
- 27% rural
Population without access to sanitation*** 9%
- 1% urban
- 13% rural
* Source UNDP
** Source CIA
*** Source UNICEF and World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation 2012