UNCDF has been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2004, helping the country meet its development challenges by supporting programmes in areas of inclusive finance and local development finance.
Today, UNCDF offers catalytic finance models that unlock public and private resources in “last mile” environments, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Currently UNCDF is implementing the second phase of its Programme d’appui au secteur de la Microfinance (PASMIF II), which aims to promote an inclusive financial environment in DRC. DRC is also one of the countries where UNCDF implements its YouthStart programme, a global initiative designed to increase access to financial services for low-income youth, with emphasis on savings and financial education. In DRC, UNCDF is developing a new phase of its programme support within the framework of the National Roadmap sector for financial inclusion adopted by key stakeholders in August 2016. UNCDF has also rolled-out Making Access Possible (MAP), which creates space to convene a wide range of stakeholders around evidence-based country diagnostics and dialogue that leads to the development of national financial inclusion roadmaps.
In addition, UNCDF is implementing the Appui à la Décentralisation et au Développement local (PADDL) programme to support the government in its decentralization strategy based on reforms made possible by the 2006 Constitution.