GBA is committed to working with the poorest of the poor. There is no lack of that here. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country in dire straits. A quick look at development indicators shows a society scraping by. The 2010 UN Human Development Index estimates, composed from data on life expectancy, education and per-capita gross national income (as an indicator of standard of living), ranks Congo 168 out of the 169 countries ranked, in the low human development (developing countries) category. Haiti is ranked 145. DRC has the second lowest HDI, after Zimbabwe, of the 24 African countries indexed.
At birth, people are expected to live to 48, 75% of the total population is undernourished and 199 (out of 1000 live births) children under age 5 will die. Congo is 176 out of 182 on the Education index. The index is calculated based on data on adult literacy rates and gross enrollment ratios. Adults have, on average, 3.8 years of schooling. And the gross national income per capita is $291.20 with 59.22% of the population living on less than $1.25 per day.
By comparison, US citizens life expectancy is 79.6 years, less than 5% of the population is undernourished and 8 of 1000 live birth children below the age of five will die. The US ranks 13 out of 182 on the Education index. Adults have an average of 12.4 years of schooling. The gross national income per capita is $47,093.90. No value is given for the percent of the population living on less than $1.25 per day.
To understand this is to understand why so much development is necessary for quality education.