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


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...


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...
Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda
Initial vocational education and training
African Great Lakes region: supporting market-oriented skills training
With PROMOST (Promoting Market-Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes Region), Swisscontact is helping the governments of Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo in its efforts to modernise the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Three years ago, the project expanded its scope from...
Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo
Additional Funding for Skills Development Projects in the Central, East and South African region
Education is a fundamental human right and is widely acknowledged as one of the most sustainable means of transforming and empowering a population.Increasing access to education at all levels can improve the overall health and longevity of societies and grow economies. Yet in many developing countries, access is limited by numerous factors such as...
Country Director Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi
Charles Pouliot


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. 


  • 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,