Responding to conflict in the Central African Republic

Internally displaced persons in Bangui
Internally displaced persons in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: Evan Schneider, UN Photo

The sectarian violence that erupted in March 2013 in the Central African Republic has uprooted nearly one million people. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the crisis in CAR has led to the displacement of over 438,000 people within the country and forced more than 423,000 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 2.5 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

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

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 2015, UNDP will be assisting the Central African Republic in the organization of a constitutional referendum, as well as parliamentary and presidential elections.