The urban area of Kinshasa is divided into residential, commercial, and industrial zones. The central business district, known as Boulevard du 30-Juin, is the largest, and has many upscale restaurants, retail stores, and banks. In the southern part of the city, the Gombe district is home to the city’s elite and most of the European population. The main streets are lined with warehouses and quays.
The city has experienced rapid urbanization over the past several decades, which has been uneven and unplanned. While there is a poor level of governance in the city, a number of constructions are occurring in violation of local and international laws. These constructions can be prone to floods and erosion, and are protected from state actions. A few of these projects have shown promise for the future of Kinshasa. However, the future of these initiatives is bleak.
Despite the many challenges faced by the city, the recent growth of Kinshasa is a positive development. The city is developing at a rapid rate, and it has become a model for sustainable urban development. The rapid growth of Kinshasa has been accompanied by weak government governance. This has led to the proliferation of unregulated constructions, which are subject to erosion and flooding. The lack of a regulatory framework has created many problems for the city.
The city’s poor WASH situation is an ongoing challenge in Kinshasa. Historically, the city’s poor sanitation and uncontrolled landfills has caused a significant water scarcity. The development of the city has been a major challenge for the region and its people. It is essential to improve the conditions of living in poor neighbourhoods by improving the quality of water. If this isn’t done, the country’s economy will suffer, and so will its people’s health.
The city’s rapid growth over the past few decades has led to a deteriorating sanitation and water quality. The city’s sewer system dates back to the colonial era and is highly unreliable. Consequently, the city’s water supply and sanitation are also poor. A large portion of the central city is prone to flooding, and the central city’s sewer system is old and outdated. If the water supply isn’t good, it’s hard to imagine a living environment in the capital.
While the city’s urban development is a multifaceted problem, the city’s water and sanitation situation are among the top priorities for residents. The city’s drainage system is unsatisfactory, and the poor conditions make it difficult to maintain public health. Further, the water supply is not reliable enough to support the city’s infrastructure. Thus, it is important to improve water quality and sanitation to ensure healthy living conditions in the capital.
The ACP-EU NDRR project aims to promote more resilient urban development in Kinshasa. The project aims to increase awareness and uptake of risk information in decision-making processes. The results were then used to inform the World Bank’s Kinshasa Urban Development and Resilience Project, which supports the city’s efforts to improve living conditions in its poorest neighbourhoods. The NDRR project has contributed to the city’s resilience by disseminating good practices and making investments climate-proof.
The city has seen rapid growth in the last few decades, but the process has been unplanned. While the city’s government has little control over the urbanization, the city is still a fragile and underdeveloped city. Currently, the Kinshasa family planning center has been responsible for managing the family planning and child health programs for its entire population. Its main responsibility is preventing sterility in Kinshasa and other contagious diseases.