ÉLAN DRC is a UKAID market development project in the DRC implemented by Adam Smith International

Despite its extraordinary economic potential, the DRC remains desperately poor. Decades of conflict, instability and poor governance have taken their toll, and 85% of the population living in poverty lack the opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty.

We work to tackle the root causes of market failures and constraints. We work with the private sector to design and spread new economic models that increase income, create jobs and lower prices for the poorest.



Vision : Improve the daily life of Congolese and facilitate their inclusion in market systems by addressing constraints and allowing them to benefit from economic growth.

Mission : ÉLAN RDC aims to reduce poverty in the DRC by increasing the income of over 1 million poor smallholders producers, entrepreneurs and consumers by the end of 2020.



ÉLAN RDC works across four geographical areas and six sectors of the economy. We have more than 100 partnerships with private sector actors in the DRC, providing technical advice, leveraging funds and fostering networks to change business practices.


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