Time has not stood still since September 2019 when the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began rolling out free primary schooling. Since then, while the world has forever changed due to the…

Jean-Christophe Carret, Scherezad Latif |

Rising debt and record-high commodity prices are tempting many developing countries to pledge their natural resources to secure the financing they so urgently need. They should tread carefully: a…

Marcello Estevão, Diego Rivetti, David Mihalyi |

The lives of most Congolese have not improved since the Congo Wars ended 20 years ago. Persistent conflict and slow economic progress caused living standards to decline year after year. Most…

Jean-Christophe Carret, Olga Kadima, Cia Sjetnan |

Significant gender gaps in labor market outcomes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) hinder the country’s efforts to achieve inclusive economic growth. Only 62% of women in the DRC…

Aletheia Amalia Donald, Helena Hwang, Verena Phipps |

A case study published by Women, Business and the Law identify three success factors that made legal reform possible for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who until 2016 could not…

Natalia Agapitova, Julia Braunmiller, Marie Dry |

An innovative contingent finance and response mechanism can safeguard the farmers’ investment contributions and ensure that they have resources available to restart production in case of extreme…

Cristina Stefan, Diego Arias |

La Manne, a supermarket in the heart of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was bustling with activity and customers eager to make their evening purchases before heading home for supper.…

Shobha Shetty, Cheikh Dia |

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been exploring its effects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through household high-frequency phone surveys implemented in Kinshasa,…

Yele Batana, Alexandra Jarotschkin, Mervy Ever Viboudoulou Vilpoux |

As late as 2019, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remained one of the few countries in the world where public primary education was not free. Fees were initially introduced in the 1980s to…

Scherezad Latif, Melissa Adelman |

Today, on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day , we are pleased to announce the winners of the Blog4Dev 2021 competition.

Hafez Ghanem, Ousmane Diagana |