Democratic Republic of Congo

About Democratic Republic of Congo

Capital: Kinshasa
Population Estimate: 89,561,403 million (Source: World Bank)
Area: 2,344,858 square kilometers
Borders: Angola (south west), Republic of the Congo (west), Central African Republic (north), South Sudan (north east), Uganda (east), Rwanda (east), Burundi (east), Tanzania (south east), Zambia (south).
Independence Day:  June 30, 1960
President: Felix Tshisekedi
Major Religion: Christianity
Other Common Religions:   Islam, Kimbaguist
Currency: Congolese Francs
Key Challenges: Internal conflict, unprofessional army, governance, electoral tension, ethnic tension
Interesting Fact: The DR Congo is roughly the size of Western Europe, and has around USD 24 trillion in mineral reserves.

Country Analysis


DR Congo: Exploring the Potential of Regional-Led Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Programs

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a bewildering history of violence and instability, especially in the east of the ...

June 2019

In the beginning of June, the main opposition coalition, the ECC, lost 23 parliamentary seats to Kabila’s Common Front for ...

May 2019

Fighting around the town of Butembo in Nord Kivu in the eastern DRC has resulted in eight death and more ...

April 2019

This month has been characterised by a surge in violence and a subsequent rise in Ebola cases in eastern DRC, ...

March 2019

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi has promised to grant amnesty to political prisoners in the country ...

February 2019

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi visited Kenya on February 6, 2019. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated his government’s support for the ...

January 2019

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing tumultuous times. Elections were postponed from December 23 to December 30, ...

December 2018

President Joseph Kabila has been in power in the DRC since his father, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, the country’s president at the ...