Democratic Republic of the Congo


Operation: Opération: Democratic Republic of the Congo



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Key Figures

2020 planning figures
100% of primary school-aged children will be enrolled in primary education
100% SGBV survivors (refugees) receive appropriate support. 
319,720 people of concern will be registered on an individual basis
33,200 people of concern will receive shelter support
2018 year-end results
100% of refugee children under 12 months old issued birth certificates by the authorities
80% of Burundian refugee households live in adequate dwellings
75% of South Sudanese refugees were registered on an individual basis
50% of IDPs were reunited with family members with the assistance of UNHCR
76,000 Rwandan refugees were biometrically registered by the end of 2018, including some 35,420 who were registered during the year
8,880 refugee children from the CAR were enrolled in primary education

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2019 7,699,931
2018 5,059,095
2017 5,145,780


[["Refugees",524193],["Asylum-seekers",3275],["IDPs",5014253],["Returned IDPs",2134349],["Returned refugees",23861]]
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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Year-end Overview

Working environment

 The crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is fuelled by ethnic and political conflicts. The already unstable security situation, particularly in the east of the country, is exacerbated by the electoral process, culminating in the presidential elections expected to be held on 23 December 2018. The risk of further displacement, sparked by inter-ethnic conflict, armed groups and civil unrest, in the lead up to the elections, and after the elections in 2019 remains high. These risks create a disastrous impact on the already precarious humanitarian situation in the DRC, and destabilising the Great Lakes region. The maintaining of humanitarian access and civilian character of asylum remains of concern for the coming year.
UNHCR works closely with the Government, which maintains an open border and an out-of-camp policy for refugees. This is conducive to supporting UNHCR to move from a “care and maintenance” approach, focusing instead on durable solutions and self-reliance as a step towards the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and multi-year, multi-partner (MYMP) strategy for which consultations with the authorities have begun. UNHCR seeks to integrate refugees into national service delivery systems and frameworks, supporting both refugees and host communities, including through reinforcing partnerships with authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.

Key priorities

In 2019, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Ensuring a protective environment for people of concern while continuously emphasizing durable solutions, resilience and empowerment in order to gradually reduce assistance and dependency on humanitarian aid.
  • Accentuating innovative approaches, enhancing cash assistance, strengthening livelihood opportunities and seeking new partners to ensure implementation.
  • In accordance with the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM), continue to lead and coordinate efforts for refugees, while drawing on the support of other members of the Humanitarian Country Team.
Latest contributions
  • 30-JUN-2020
  • Switzerland
  • Spain

    private donors

  • 29-JUN-2020
  • Romania
  • Argentina
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • 25-JUN-2020
    New Zealand
  • 23-JUN-2020
  • 22-JUN-2020
  • 19-JUN-2020
  • 18-JUN-2020
  • 17-JUN-2020
  • Belgium
  • Sweden
  • 16-JUN-2020

    private donors

  • Estonia