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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, the crisis in CAR has led to the displacement of about 462,000 people within the country and forced more than 420,000 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.

Highlights

  • 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 approach

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.