Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

Injured survivors queue in front of a Médecins Sans Frontières in Bangui
Injured survivors queue in front of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport where they've taken refuge since escaping the violence in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: S. Phelps/UNHCR/11 December 2013

The sectarian violence in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. It is estimated that 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid and 1.1 million are facing food shortages. In Bangui, 1,000 people were killed at the beginning of December alone.

Highlights

  • 1 million displaced from their homes by fighting
  • 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid
  • 96% of the population have had their livelihoods affected by the conflict
  • 9.5 million urgently requested to implement the Community Protection Programme

Fighting, coming on the heels of repeated flooding, has destroyed infrastructure and basic services, dramatically increased food prices and accelerated the country’s economic decline. Productive assets and other property has been destroyed, forcing farmers to abandon crops and causing businesses to close.

Before the recent crisis erupted, 70 percent of the population lived below the poverty line and this number has now increased dramatically.

Urgent action is required to end the violence, restore peace, trust and confidence among communities, and support the governemnt in resuming services to put the country back on a more robust development path.

UNDP's approach

In parallel to supporting  local governance, security sector reform and the future electoral process, UNDP will help stabilize communities through a phased implementation of community security, livelihoods, social cohesion, and reconciliation initiatives.

In collaboration with donor countries and the United Nations, UNDP has already helped to draft a roadmap for the transition and will assist in its implementation. Ultimately, these efforts will pave the way for the organization of elections.

The approach will ensure that:

- Immediate early recovery support to communities avoids further displacement and deterioration of the humanitarian situation

- Key national partners are helped to eventually take the lead in security, recovery and long-term development

- National dialogue, inter-faith dialogue and reconciliation begins as soon as possible to rebuild peace and address the underlying cause of violence