Crisis in the Central African Republic

Four years after the beginning of the crisis and conflict, more than 2 million people still need aid and protection to survive. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (June 2017), the crisis in CAR has led to the displacement of about 481,000 people within the country and forced more than 503,000 people to flee to Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.

More than half of the country's population, the equivalent of about 2.2 million people, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, while more than 60 percent of the population continues to live in extreme poverty.


  • Close to 1 million displaced from their homes by fighting
  • 2.5 million in need of humanitarian aid
  • 60% of the population lives in extreme poverty

UNDP's response

Working in close collaboration with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), UNDP’s priorities are social cohesion and community resilience; support for the transition -- including the organization of elections -- the fight against impunity and insecurity; and aid coordination.

UNDP helped the Government to conduct a nationwide survey, mapping out specific needs for redeploying local administrations, infrastructure and services.

As part of its efforts to safeguard core government services, UNDP also worked with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the World Bank to resume the payment of salaries for civil servants.

In 2016, UNDP continued to work on social cohesion, security and justice, youth employment, and state administration reform. An important part of our support has been working with the Government to deploy civilian administration, and police and gendarmerie forces, and to restart the judicial system.  We also supported the Government to produce the National Stabilization Plan which was presented at the donors’ conference in Brussels in November 2016.

A special unit dedicated to fighting sexual and gender-based violence -34 people, including 13 women - received training on forensic expertise organized by UNDP in partnership with MINUSCA and PHR (Physicians for Human  Rights) in February 2017.  

UNDP also organized with MINUSCA a training workshop on customary justice and the Central African justice system.  The activity  brought together 65 local chiefs, religious leaders and members of civil society.

On may 30, 2017, a mapping report covering the multiple conflicts in the Central African Republic between 2003 and 2015 and documenting in detail 620 serious human rights violations was released by MINUSCA, UNHCR and UNDP.  Many of the violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.  

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