There are multiple factors that determine the health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts from cooking on a country’s inhabitants. While some countries have access to clean cooking technologies and fuels, others are more dependent on the use of solid fuels, rudimentary cookstoves, and open fires for their household cooking needs. The Alliance has gathered information from a number of sources to provide a snapshot of a range of factors including: overview of access to clean cookstoves and fuels, demographic and household data, adoption indicators, economic statistics, and other pertinent health and gender resources.

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General Info

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CountryCongo, Democratic Republic
Population 65,705,093
GDP per capita (USD) $ 261.84
Income per day (USD) $ 0.72
Urban Population35%
Rural Population65%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking93%
Number of people affected by HAP61,105,736
Number of households affected by HAP12,431,590
Number of deaths per year from HAP 53,202
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 27,582
Urban population using solid fuelsno data
Rural population using solid fuelsno data
Population using wood for cooking66.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking28.9%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.1%
Population using gas for cooking0.0%
Population using electricity for cooking4.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.2%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water46%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation31%
Diarrhea deaths per year107,300
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution4,000
Deaths per year from malaria96,400
Deaths per year from tuberculosis32,700
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS72,400
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*35


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions32
Number of borrowers197,000
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*183
Starting business score151
Getting credit score177
Protecting investors score156
Trading across borders score172


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*no data
Educational attainment score*no data
Health and survival*no data
Political empowerment score*no data
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women0%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problemsdeforestation (#4 for fuelwood use globally), endangered species, animal poaching, soil erosion, environmental damage from overmining of minerals
Environmental considerationsglaciers, old growth forests
Carbon dioxide emissions0.04