The National Indicative Programme for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) outlines the main focal sectors of the EU cooperation with the country during the period 2014-20 under the 11th European Development Fund.
The EU's approach is to help rebuild the country politically (governance) and physically (transport infrastructure and healthcare). The EC also supports regional initiatives and measures to protect the environment.
The national indicative programme in the DRC for the current spending round initially budgeted €561.7 million for these priorities. This budget was later increased by €40 million from the Millenium Development Goals Initiative (accelerating achievement of MDGs 4 and 5) and €15 million after the end-of-term review (allocated to the infrastructure sector). The envelope B also increased from €47.7 million to €140 million. The budget allocated to DRC under the National Indicative Programme is currently €709 million.
The EU's activities in the DRC also involve cross-cutting issues such as democracy, good governance, human rights, the rights of children and indigenous peoples, gender equality, long-term environmental protection and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
For the period 2008 to 2013, a global amount of around €1 200 million (including humanitarian aid) has been mobilised.
During the period covered by the previous spending round, assistance was needed to stabilise the country as it came out of conflict – see the Country Strategy Paper for the DRC (2008-2013). Cooperative efforts included support to alleviate poverty (health and transport) and institutional and macroeconomic support.
The rehabilitation support programme has helped restore or upgrade infrastructure to meet the needs of individuals and the economy:
- Making national motorway 1 (RN1) between Kinshasa and Kikwit and a 350 km rural-road network north of the Equator suitable for vehicle traffic;
- Rehabilitating streets in the capital Kinshasa;
- Upgrading several water production centres;
- Building a water collection facility;
- Providing chemicals for water treatment;
- Building a new drinking water supply system for the town of Béni in North Kivu.
For additional information on this project and other programmes in the DRC financed by the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project section of the website of the Commission delegation in the DRC.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with the DRC is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to the DRC.