With a population of over 80 million, the DRC is the second-largest country in Africa in terms of size. However, its recent history has been marred by years of hugely destructive civil war which has killed 6 million and undermined its socioeconomic capabilities and growth.
Since the end of the civil war, the DRC has made significant progress in the education sector. However, millions of girls and young women remain out of school, with no access to education
Young people represent 70% of the DRC’s population; however, with high levels of poverty and with few education opportunities, few jobs and no skills many turn to risky informal labour.
86.73 million national population
61% live below the poverty line
66.5% female literacy rate
57% women have no formal education
Our Work in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
We started working in DRC in 2015.
We work with 2 local projects in DRC.
We have directly impacted the lives of 1,897 women and girls.
ISSI provides vocational training in the healthcare sector, equipping students to become nurses and midwives in DR Congo.