DFID Democratic Republic of the Congo Profile: July 2018
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.
Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)
- 319 thousand children supported to gain a decent education
- 3.4 million people with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation
- 4.3 million children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through nutrition related interventions
- 210 thousand additional women and girls using modern methods of family planning
- Addressing the escalating humanitarian crises: We helped 2.5 million people in emergency situations with food, water and safety between 2012-2017 and will support a further 3 million people over the next 5 years.
- Help poor Congolese people get basic services: We are improving health services for 9 million people. We will help 4.7 million children under 5, women and adolescent girls to have better nutrition. 4.6 million people will get sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. We will help 400,000 children get a decent education.
- Help people earn their own living: We will increase the income of over 1 million poor people by 2020 by supporting entrepreneurs and small producers to improve their businesses.