The Republic of the Congo is relatively rich in natural resources, including forests, oil and other mineral resources, and the deepest port in Africa. A civil war in 1997 led to years of unrest, but stability has now returned. However, the country continues to struggle to restore democratic governance. Over 80 percent of the population is literate, and primary education is widespread among both girls and boys. However, maternal mortality has shown a worrying increase over the last two decades. Our programs in Republic of the Congo focus on conserving tropical forest resources and responding to humanitarian crises as they arise.
Last updated: December 12, 2012