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

Context and Objectives 
This project supports disaster risk in-depth studies to be conducted in Kinshasa, in order to inform the preparation and implementation of the World Bank Kinshasa Urban Development and Resilience project (150 million US$), which will support the Government’s efforts by improving the living conditions of populations of selected poor and vulnerable neighborhoods of Kinshasa. Selected investments will be proofed to climate change and disaster risk, through the design of climate-proof infrastructures and the dissemination of good practices.

The study has the following specific components:

Component 1: Flood risk assessment, with a specific focus on Kisenso and Kimbanseke areas. Flood risk mapping will include 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, will be included in the hydraulic model. Finally, flood risk will be evaluated under different scenario, 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 will include the analysis of both hazard, exposure and vulnerability. The activity will include the analysis of the transport of surface soil from soft-surface roads, which highly contributes to siltation. The activity will also include 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 will identify the most critical elements of the system and evaluate the most robust set of investment options, to be undertaken by the Kinshasa Urban Development Project. To do so, it will apply 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 will support the Kinshasa Urban Development Project during the 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 description of activities.

Partnerships and Coordination
The project has been discussed with the EU Delegation in the Republic of Congo. During the project implementation, the World Bank team will brief the EU Delegation on the progress.

  • Africa
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $1,000,000
  • $0
  • 02/2018 - 07/2019