Protracted civil wars coupled with the continued mismanagement of state resources have placed the Democratic Republic of the Congo among the group of fragile states with the world’s poorest infrastructure.

Despite becoming one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, the economy remains highly inefficient. Decades of violent conflict have left public institutions weak and unable to alleviate poverty or promote development.

Apart from a lack of political will by powerful elites, structural constraints, such as unskilled personnel in strategic positions and inappropriate budgets, hamper the implementation of even the most basic measures, making the Democratic Republic of Congo largely dependent on donor support.

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