Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest countries in Africa, located at the heart of the continent. DRC has the potential to become a driver of African growth if it can overcome political instability. DRC has 80 million hectares of arable land and over 1,100 minerals and precious metals. 

Besides the essential natural resources that DRC possesses, its GDP and population size are significant compared to those of Rwanda and Burundi and make it an important country in the region. However, political and economic instability does not allow it to play a significant role in the region.

facts and Figures

  • Area: 2,345,409 km2
  • Population: approx. 100 million
  • Capital: Kinshasa

Swisscontact in DR Congo

  • since 2016


DR Congo
Initial vocational education and training
Creating a livelihood through carpentry training – Iragi's story
19-year-old Iragi trained in carpentry and entrepreneurship in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, she makes furniture and sells it to households in her neighbourhood.
Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda
PROMOST: What’s been going on in the Great Lakes Region?
The Promoting Market-Oriented Skills Training (PROMOST) in the Great Lakes Region has been up to a lot these past few months despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)- funded project has put in place several measures to ensure that they still proceed with the major project activities but cautiously and...
Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo
Labour market insertion
Things Worked out Because of the Support I got
“Berwa means looking good or good looking”. That is what 35-year-old Aloysie Muhawenimana named her salon, a business that she built from the bottom up. The wife and mother of two tells her story of how the project ‘Promoting Market-Oriented Skills Training (PROMOST) in the Great Lakes Region, implemented by Swisscontact and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has helped her achieve some of her life goals. 
Country Director, DR Congo
Thierry Lenoir


Swisscontact works in DR Congo to contribute to increased employment and income generation for the rural population in South Kivu province, Bukavu. Swisscontact implements the PROMOST project together with stakeholders to improve access to quality and labour-market-oriented vocational training. 

Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo
Initial vocational education and training
Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes Region
The project supports the Governments of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve access, quality and relevance of their respective Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. This addresses the key development challenge of unemployment and underemployment brought about by the low quality of skills...


  • The Provincial Ministry of Education
  • The Provincial Youth Division
  • World Confederation of Artisans (CMA)
  • Craftsmanship Society (SMA)
  • South Kivu Local Economy Counter (GEL-South Kivu)
Promost - Project journey and key achievements 2012 - 2020
PROMOST (Promoting Market-Oriented Skills Training) in the Great Lakes Region is currently in its eighth year of operations in Rwanda and is about to round up the third phase of the 12-year SDC programme that aims at supporting the Government of Rwanda’s efforts to improve access to as well as quality and relevance of its TVET system. This regional programme extended its activities to Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo during phase 2. PROMOST is financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). 


Swisscontact in DR Congo

90, Avenue Lundula, Ibanda, Bukavu,