176th on the Human Development Scale = Extreme Poverty

The DRC ranks very low on the UN Human Development. The statistics tell the story: poor, pregnant, and very young. Read more

In a population of 69.4 million (of whom more than 10 million live in the sprawling capital Kinshasa), the huge majority (84.7%) are under 15 years old. While a very few are extremely wealthy, the huge majority live in poverty: 72.5% in multi-dimensional poverty, while 87.7% earn less than $1.25/ day. Almost 24% of girls 15 to 19 are either mothers or pregnant with their first child (exact figure is 23.8%). From WHO Statistical Information System.