Despite noticeable progress in some dimensions of children’s rights and significant Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a challenging place for most children and their families, particularly for those living in conflict-affected and hard-to-reach areas. The national Multiple Overlapping Deprivations Analysis, conducted in 2015 with UNICEF support, revealed that 80 per cent of children aged zero to 15 experience at least two deprivations. Not surprisingly the study confirmed that deprivation in at least three
dimensions were significantly more frequent among stunted children than non-stunted children. The percentage of children experiencing the deprivations or more is highest in Kasai Occidental and lowest in Kinshasa. Twenty five per cent of children belonging to the wealthiest quintile experience at least three deprivations simultaneously, an indication that relative wealth does not protect against child deprivation.