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Published on 02/05/2016

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene, a major challenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo was ranked 186th out of 186 countries in the 2013 human development report. The country has not reached its millennium objective for water and sanitation development: in 2013 the rate of access to a source of improved water was just 50 %, while just 20 % of the population were using improved sanitation equipment. Improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a major challenge for the DRC. Inequalities of access between urban and rural areas, between provinces and between rich and poor households are significant.

In January 2016, the World Bank chose GRET , Hydroconseil and Cabinet Experts to conduct a study to characterise the different levels of poverty, establish where vulnerable populations live and determine the quality of their access to water and sanitation services. In a second phase, constraints in terms of provision of services will be identified to define possible solutions. Collection of data includes surveys of households, testing water quality, anthropometric measurements, interviews with players in the water sector and discussions with target groups (men, women and adolescents). The first phase of the study will last until June, and will end with a diagnosis of levels of access for poor households to water, sanitation and hygiene, together with proposals for improving access.

More information on this study (in French)