Fact Sheets

The goal of Engagement for Equity is to support vulnerable and marginalized groups, and strengthen civil society’s role in influencing the development and effective implementation of policies affecting these communities. 

  • The Government of Liberia (GoL) reports no new EVD cases since July 12, discharges two of the four remaining EVD patients from Montserrado County EVD treatment unit (ETU)
  • During the week ending July 19, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) confirms three new EVD cases, a 79 percent decrease from the previous week
  • From July 13–19, the Government of Guinea (GoG) reports 22 new EVD cases, a 70 percent increase from the previous week

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) regional Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia (USAID PFAN-Asia) program assists the private sector and governments to bring financial investments in clean energy in Asia.

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project identifies the environmental, economic and social effects of climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. The five-year, $9.4 million project helps vulnerable populations in rural areas adapt to climate change impacts on water resources, agricultural systems, biodiversity, ecosystems and livelihood options.

The Government of Nepal (GoN) authorizes relocation of some earthquake-affected populations. Relief agencies continue to distribute and pre-position relief supplies. Donors pledge $4.4 billion for Nepal's reconstruction.

Despite a wealth of natural resources and enormous agricultural potential, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces serious food security challenges. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) estimates that national food production is currently 30 to 40 percent below national consumption. The country has very low agricultural productivity, high levels of animal and plant diseases, frequent flooding, isolated agricultural production areas, high population pressure and land conflicts limiting access to land. Abysmal infrastructure – roads, storage facilities, and markets – further exacerbate food insecurity. 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is entering a critical period in its democratic transition, which began in 2006 with a new constitution. The 2011 elections were fraught with charges of fraud, and the upcoming elections face numerous political and logistical hurdles.

There are about 3.5 million out-of-school children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In fact, an estimated 20 percent of children in the DRC will never attend school, due to prohibitive fees, distance from a school, and other societal barriers. 

The macroeconomic environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has markedly improved in recent years, yet the lives of most Congolese have not. In 2013, the DRC gross domestic product (GDP) per capita was $288, the lowest in the world and well less than half of its 1960 value. Approximately 80 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty with the majority engaged in subsistence agriculture. The DRC has the highest number of undernourished people in Africa and the highest prevalence of malnutrition in the world. Only 14 percent of Congolese households have access to electricity.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was once renowned in Africa for its network of clinics, quality of physicians, and primary health care system. In the past three decades, the political and economic collapse of the country has had a dramatic impact on this system. Hospitals and clinics lack personnel and equipment and often run out of critical medicine and supplies. An estimated 70 percent of Congolese have little or no access to health care. Strengthening the health care system is critical to improving the health of Congolese citizens.


Last updated: April 29, 2017