Donors convene to coordinate recovery in the Central African Republic as UNDP steps up state-building efforts
Development partners’ forum promises to increase coordination, aid effectiveness
Yaoundé -- Nations and multinational organizations today launched a new forum on the Central African Republic (CAR) aimed at helping the country recover from the current sectarian violence and resume its development efforts.
The recent crisis has killed thousands of women, men and children, displaced almost a million people and left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid. The fighting has destroyed critical infrastructure and basic social services, increasing the vulnerability of populations in what was already one of the world’s poorest countries.
During the meeting, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Representative in the Central African Republic, Georg Charpentier, briefed participants on recent political and security developments and officially presented a new multi-partner trust fund for CAR, created to support recovery and development efforts.
The fund is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support of the UN Secretary-General’s six-point proposal to restore security, support state-building, political and reconciliation priorities, and promote recovery.
“The crisis needs urgent funding from the international community. Redeployment of state authorities to the interior, stabilization and reconciliation efforts are key to ensure progress in the political and security transition, in preparing for the election and engaging economic recovery” said Mr. Charpentier as he thanked partners for their support.
“UN Agencies, funds and programmes in Bangui are engaged to rapidly implement priority activities in these areas,” he added.
The donors’ forum was the first to take place among development partners operating directly in Bangui and neighboring countries. Partners present at the gathering said the multi-partner trust fund, complementing the French development agency’s “Békou” fund, would provide much-needed coordination and effectiveness to the international community’s support for the development of CAR.
UNDP has been supporting the Transitional Government, providing immediate funding and technical support for essential services, while helping the Government to plan reconciliation efforts in the run-up to next year’s presidential elections.
Through the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, UNDP will start disbursing this month, US$4.6 million to pay the salaries of 3,800 police and gendarmerie.
In February, UNDP also launched a two-year initiative, expected to reach more than 350,000 conflict-affected people, to promote social cohesion, rebuild local infrastructure and create short-term employment opportunities in communities that have seen homes and businesses destroyed by the on-going violence.
Over the next month, awareness campaigns, through public discussions and media, will also reach out to populations in Bangui on such issues as human rights, drug abuse and sexual and gender-based violence.