Democratic Republic of the Congo Regional Office


Operation: Opération: Democratic Republic of the Congo Regional Office



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
100% of Burundian refugees will have access to primary healthcare
100% of Central African refugees with intention to return voluntarily will be supported
80% of refugee children from the Central African Republic are enrolled in secondary education
80% of IDPs will be living in adequate dwellings
12,800 of the IDPs  households receive cash grants for education
2017 year-end results
90% of Central African primary school-aged children were enrolled in schools
85% of Burundian primary school-aged children were enrolled in schools
80% of CAR households were living in adequate dwellings
58% of primary school-aged children were enrolled in primary education
51% of South Sudanese households were living in adequate dwellings
1,470 internally displaced households received core relief items

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 5,145,780
2016 3,321,847
2015 2,701,921


[["Refugees",537928],["Asylum-seekers",810],["IDPs",4351376],["Returned IDPs",255635],["Returned refugees",31]]
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Democratic Republic of the Congo Regional Office

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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.