Democratic Republic of the Congo
The second largest country in Africa
DR Congo, the second largest country in Africa and the size of Central Europe, is still plagued by unrest; in spite of its vast wealth of natural resources the country is one of the poorest nations in the world. Government structures are weak, while violent conflicts particularly in the eastern part of the country keep on raging. On behalf of the German federal government, KfW Development Bank is supporting long-term peace and reconstruction processes, for example by improving the water supply and basic sanitation, developing the financial sector and stimulating local business. These efforts are complemented with extensive investments to preserve the unique tropical biodiversity in select protected areas. With its engagement in the electricity sector, KfW Development Bank follows a regional approach and is financing investments in the expansion of regional cooperation.