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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Use the tabs below to find online resources about the Democratic Republic of the Congo from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.


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BBC News Profile - DR Congo
A guide to history, politics, and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - DR Congo
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and DR Congo
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on DR Congo
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - DR Congo
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - DR Congo
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

IMF - DR Congo
Country information, reports, and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

ITC - DR Congo
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

OHCHR - DR Congo
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events, and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - DR Congo
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its member states.

United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - DR Congo
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata Country Profile - DR Congo
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - DR Congo
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: DR Congo
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Banque Centrale du Congo (in French only)
Central Bank of Congo

Le President de la Republique (in French only)
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "DR Congo," "Democratic Republic of Congo," or "Zaire" as the search terms.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates, since 1946.
Crisis Group International Databases and Resources
Crisis Group provides analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation. Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Congo, Democratic Republic" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS) CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to DR Congo. Enter "Congo, Democratic Republic," "Congo, Democratic Republic," "Belgian Congo," or "Zaire" as the search terms.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peacekeeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces, and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - DR Congo
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

United Nations News Centre - News Focus: DR of Congo
News, press releases, official statements, and reports.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Congo (Kinshasa)
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports, and balance) with DR Congo.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
African Development Bank Group - DR Congo
Projects, strategy papers, and information about the DRC and the ADB.

African Union
The main objectives of the AU are "to promote unity and solidarity among African States, to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development, to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States, and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations."

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) - DR Congo
COMESA promotes regional economic integration through trade and investment.

Embassy of the United States in Kinshasa, DR Congo
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in DR Congo.

EU Relations with Democratic Republic of Congo
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with the DRC.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peacekeeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces, and weapons.

G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including DR Congo), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

IRIN Humanitarian Profile - DRC
IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for the humanitarian community.

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
NEPAD is a strategy for sustainable development and poverty reduction in Africa.|

OCHA - Republique Democratique du Congo (in French only)

Permanent Mission of DR Congo to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - DR Congo
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)
SADC is an intergovernmental organization that promotes economic well-being, improvement of the standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice, and peace and security among the 14 southern African member states. Click on DRC on the right side of the web page.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select "Congo, Democratic Republic of the" from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Republique Democratique du Congo (in French)
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - DR Congo
Economic, social, and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

United Nations Organization Mission in DR Congo (MONUC)
Established to facilitate the implementation of the Lusaka Accord signed in 1999.

USAID - East Africa - Congo (DRC)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs in DRC.
  • USAID - East Africa
    USAID Assistance in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).
U.S. Department of State - DR Congo
U.S.-DR Congo relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.

World Bank - DR Congo
World Bank data, projects, and research in DR Congo.

World Food Programme - DR Congo
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.

World Trade Organization - DR Congo
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.

Country situation analysis and news in DR Congo from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

USAID Health: HIV/AIDS - DR Congo
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) HIV/AIDS programs in DR Congo.

WHO (World Health Organization)

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." International Crisis Group - DR Congo
Reports, briefings, and analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation in DRC.

United Nations Organization Mission in DR Congo (MONUC)
Established to facilitate the implementation of the Lusaka Accord signed in 1999.

U.S. State Department: Democratic Republic of the Congo: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Congo (Democratic Republic) and econom* Congo (Democratic Republic) and econom*
Congo (Democratic Republic) and histor* Congo (Democratic Republic) and histor*
Congo (Democratic Republic) and politic* Congo (Democratic Republic) and politic*
Congo (Democratic Republic) (government publications only) Congo (Democratic Republic) (government publications only)

The * replaces up to five characters in a word.


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