Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kinshasa Urban Development and Resilience Project

Context and Objectives 
This project aims to enhance resilient development of Kinshasa, by increasing understanding of hazard risks, and by enhancing the uptake of risk information in decision-making processes on key investments.
The project informs the preparation and implementation of the World Bank Kinshasa Urban Development and Resilience project (150 million US$). The latter project supports with various investments the Government’s efforts to improve the living conditions of populations of selected poor and vulnerable neighbourhoods of Kinshasa. The ACP-EU NDRR project will climate-proof these investments and disseminate good practices.

The project has the following specific components:

  • Component 1:  Flood risk assessment, with a specific focus on Kisenso and Kimbanseke areas. Flood risk mapping includes the analysis of both hazard (fluvial and urban flooding), exposure (of assets, outputs and population) and vulnerability. The existing drainage systems, and its levels of maintenance and operability are included in the hydraulic model. Finally, flood risk is being evaluated under different scenarios, including climate change, land use change and increased population.
  • Component 2: Erosion risk assessment, with a specific focus along the N'djili River. Erosion risk mapping includes the analysis of both hazard, exposure and vulnerability. The activity includes the analysis of the transport of surface soil from soft-surface roads, which highly contributes to siltation. The activity also includes the analysis of the interaction between erosion and flash flooding, driven by extreme precipitation events.
  • Component 3: Prioritization of investments. Based on the information gathered in Components 1 and 2 and additional studies on urban mobility, the activity identifies the most critical elements of the system and evaluates the most robust set of investment options, to be undertaken by the Kinshasa Urban Development Project. To do so, it applies decision making under uncertainty methodologies (e.g. Robust Decision Making, Adaptation Pathways, or similar) or other methods to capture non-monetary values such as Multi Criteria Analysis, including land tenure.
  • Component 4: Elaboration of climate and disaster information to inform the design of climate-proof infrastructures, including bridges, drainage systems, roads, etc. The activity supports the Kinshasa Urban Development Project during its first phase of implementation to guarantee that all elements included in the project take into account the detrimental effects of climate change and increased extreme weather events.

To date, two missions were carried out to finalize the scope of activities. In addition, a contract was signed for consultancy services for a study on flood risk assessment and the development of a flood mitigation plan.  

Partnerships and Coordination
The project has been discussed with the EU Delegation in the Republic of Congo.

Useful Links

A Results In Resilience story on Open cities, including ACP-EU NDRR support in Kinshasa can be found here

  • Africa
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $1,000,000
  • $0
  • 02/2018 - 07/2020