BERF work in DRC

BERF has not done any projects in DRC

 

 DFID DRC Strategy

Basic services: The UK is improving health services for 9 million people. The UK will help 4.7 million children under 5, women and adolescent girls to have better nutrition. 3.7 million people will get sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. The UK will help 450,000 children get a decent education.

Economic development: The UK will increase the income of over 1 million people by supporting entrepreneurs and small producers to improve their businesses.

Humanitarian: The UK has helped 2.5 million people in emergency situations with food, water and safety (since 2012) and propose to support a further 3 million people over 5 years.

Context

The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world and will have 15% of the world’s poor by 2030. A large number of people face exclusion and discrimination, particularly women and girls, people living with disabilities, and certain ethnic and regional groups. The DRC has also suffered from decades of conflict. The Congo wars, which ended in 2003, cost 5 million lives and drew in eight other countries. Violence and insecurity continue to displace 3 million people from their homes. The DRC is prone to large public health emergencies, including eight Ebola outbreaks since the 1970s, the latest this year, and a large yellow fever outbreak last year.

At the same time, the DRC has enormous potential for growth, trade and investment. It has enough fertile land to feed a billion people. Its forests are second in size only to the Amazon. Its hydroelectric energy resources could power most of Africa. It has an estimated USD 24 trillion of mineral wealth. Unlocking this potential will have huge benefits for the Congolese people and the region as well as increase commercial opportunities for UK businesses.

According to the Africa Development Bank economic growth averaged 7.7% between 2010 and 2015, but lower prices for export commodities (copper and cobalt) and political uncertainties hindered growth in 2016. Growth in 2017 was estimated at 3.3% due to the good performance of the extractive and manufacturing industries, construction and public works, and trade. The recovery is projected to continue into 2018 and 2019 with rising commodity prices and increased activity in the extractive industry as new mining projects start.

 World Bank Doing Business

DRC ranks 182 in the World Bank 2018 Doing Business Rankings.  The distance to frontier score of 37.65 is well below the regional average for sub Saharan Africa of 50.43.  There is very little change in the distance to frontier score since 2017.  Over the past year, the World Bank note one positive area of reform and one area where things got worse:

Starting a Business: The Democratic Republic of Congo made starting a business easier by eliminating the requirement that a woman obtain her husband’s permission to start a business and by combining multiple business registration procedures.

Dealing with Construction Permits: The Democratic Republic of Congo made dealing with construction permits more expensive by revising the formula to assess building permit fees. At the same time, the Democratic Republic of Congo made dealing with construction permits more transparent by publishing all regulations related to construction online free of charge.