Republic of the Congo: Integrating Urban Resilience into Poor Neighborhood Upgrading Activities in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire

Context and Objectives  
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Africa’s third most-populated nation with around 80 million people. Its urban population, which represented 42 percent of the total in 2015, is rapidly increasing, at an estimated average rate of 4.1 percent in the last decade, which translates into an increase of over one million dwellers in Congolese cities every year.

In this context, the Kinshasa Urban Development and Resilience Project financed by the ACP-EU NDRR Program and implemented by the World Bank, will include as main activities a flood risk and erosion risk assessment, a prioritization of investments and the elaboration of climate and disaster information to inform the design of climate-proof infrastructures, including bridges, drainage systems, and roads.

This ACP-EU NDRR project will inform the preparation and implementation of the upcoming WB Kinshasa Urban Development project of around $150 million which will support the Government’s efforts of improving the living conditions of populations in selected poor and vulnerable neighbourhoods of Kinshasa.

The ACP-EU NDRR project started community-mapping activities on the ground. In addition, two community leaders from Pointe Noire and Brazzaville as well as one government representative have been trained on the basic tools of disaster risk and community mapping.
A first workshop was held in October 2018 with representatives of central and local governments, communities, and civil society organizations to explain the main objectives of the activities. Subsequently, first data sets were collected, verified, and reported on Open Street Map. Communities are engaged in the activities through Local Development Committees, and awareness on urban resilience is spread through for example blog articles and a short clip.

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

Useful Links
A short film on community mapping in poor neighbourhoods in Brazzaville is available here.

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $300,000
  • 12/2017 - 12/2019