The European Court of Auditors has evaluated the European Union’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has criticized the aid efforts, saying “sustainability is an unrealistic prospect in most cases.”

Many of the unions’ initiatives centred on building good governance and promoting justice.

According to the Auditors, “fewer than half of the programmes examined have delivered, or are likely to deliver, most of the expected results.”

And that the EU “needs to improve significantly its aid effectiveness”.

The audit focussed on the years between 2003-2011, when the EU gave the DRC about 1.9bn euros or $2.6bn.