Democratic Republic of Congo


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), previously known as Zaire, is located in Central Africa and is the third largest country on the continent.

DRC ranks as the 19th most populous nation in the world, at 66,020,000 people.

The official language of the DRC is French, having been a colony of Belgium until its independence in 1960.

The country has a total GDP estimated at approximately $20.7 billion, for which it ranks 120 in global rankings.

The DRC's extractive sector activities are centered primarily around its large reserves of cobalt and copper, along with a number of other minerals, oil and gas.

The opportunities for CSR initiatives are numerous, since years of war and political unrest have resulted in limited investments in basic needs and infrastructure, from health care and education to roads, sanitation and water access.