A complex emergency has persisted in DRC for more than 20 years. Conflict is between foreign, self-defence, and other armed groups, and mainly impacting the eastern provinces. Although the security situation has improved slightly since 2013, conflict continues. Access remains volatile in the east, and lack of infrastructure is a general problem across the country. Fighting in insecurity is currently mostly affecting populations in Sud- and Nord-Kivu, Ituri, Tanganyika, and Haut-Katanga provinces. Health is a priority due to recurrent measles, cholera, and malaria outbreaks, and protection concerns are high.

A presidential election is due in 2017, and it has been agreed that President Kabila, whose term limit ended in December 2016, will then step down. At least 50 people died in election-related violence in 2016. 

INFORM measures DRC's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be very high, at 7/10. Lack of coping capacity is of particular concern, at 8/10 as well as vulnerability at 7/10.?

Latest Developments

25/03: More than 300 people have been left homeless in Buta (Bas-Uele), following wildfire that destroyed over 50 houses on 13 March.? 

24/03: At least 18 people were killed in Manono (Tanganyika) following an attack by Luba militias on a Batwa camp, despite the pact of non-aggression agreed between Batwa and Luba communities on 24 February.? 

24/03: Over 26,000 IDPs in Pweto (Haut-Katanga), who had fled fighting between Luba and Batwa communities since December 2016, are still in need of humanitarian assistance. Preliminary assessment results on 100 cases indicate alarming malnutrition levels in children under the age of five: SAM is at 15% and MAM is at 42%.?

22/03: 250 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in Kongo-Central since 1 January.?

Tension and violence are increasing in Katanga area because of the delay in the elections. There are concerns that a crisis, similar to the war of late 1990s, which followed the overthrowing of Mobutu, could take place. ?

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Crisis Overview 2016 - DRC

The Crisis Overview 2016: Humanitarian Trends and Risks for 2017, outlines the countries where needs are greatest, and growing, as we approach the end of 2016

DRC is one of the 15 crises analysed in this report.

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Key priorities

Food security, particularly in Punia (Maniema), Nyunzu and Manono (Tanganyika), Irumu (Ituri), Beni and Walikale (Nord-Kivu), Shabunda (Sud-Kivu), Bafwasende (Tshopo), and Mambasa (Ituri).?

WASH along the Congo River, where most cholera cases have been reported.?

Protection, especially in the conflict-affected areas between Rutshuru, Walikale, and Lubero territories, Nord-Kivu.?

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Information Gaps and needs

  • Very limited information available on nutrition.
  • The majority of information about emergency educational needs comes from the local media.
  • Only two thirds of the country was measured for the latest food security assessment, therefore, the real needs may be higher.

Lessons learned

  • The Cluster approach has proven very successful in DRC. Cluster meetings strengthened the links between humanitarian organisations present in Kinshasa and eastern provinces. Cluster approach is particularly successful in the eastern provinces for addressing displacement issues.??
  • Physical security (including child protection and prevention of gender-based violence) is not guaranteed in IDP camps and the displaced express fear of going to camps. The level of insecurity, criminality, prostitution, hostilities, and exploitation appears to be high. Camps are not located within MONUSCO protected areas, and armed groups have repeatedly attacked camps in the past and continue to do so.?
  • IDPs disrupt host communities' micro-economic equilibrium. IDPs are forced to remunerate their hosts by sharing the aid they receive and are victims of intimidation. ?
  • Despite the existence of programmes working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, women’s needs are underserved in the east of the country. When displacement occurs, organisations are rarely equipped to respond to needs within the critical timeframes necessary to prevent further harm.?
Key documents



Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Assessment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congo Research Group


The Landscape of Armed Groups in the Eastern Congo

Multiple Agencies


Demographic and Health Survey 2013-14

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium


Livelihoods, Basic Services and Social Protection in Democratic Republic of the Congo