- Comparable in size to western Europe, the DRC is one of the world's poorest countries, with nearly 13 million people who are in need of humanitarian assistance.
- The country continues to see an increase in violence, mass displacement, malnutrition and fatal epidemics. The ongoing Ebola outbreak is not yet under control and has become the second largest outbreak in history.
- In 2018 alone, EU humanitarian aid in the DRC amounted to over EUR 80 million. The priority for 2019 is to provide protection and life-saving assistance to victims of violence and displaced people.