Focus group in Bombe village Photo: NRC/Jose Cendon
Read caption A focus group in Bombe village. Photo: NRC/Jose Cendon

NRC in Central African Republic

International efforts in the Central African Republic have been inconsistent, with insufficient and ebbing aid. NRC declared it the world’s most neglected crisis in 2017.

Central African Republic

Total # of refugees from the country:
Total # of refugees to the country:
Total # of internally displaced:
New refugees from the country in 2017:
New refugees to the country in 2017:
New internally displaced in 2017:
Source: UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The figures are from the beginning of 2018.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2017.


Humanitarian overview

Since its independence in 1960, the Central African Republic (CAR) has seen continuous political crises of dictatorship, military coups and armed clashes. In December 2012, civil war broke out between the predominantly Muslim rebel group Seleka, from the marginalised northern areas, and the Christian and animist militia anti-Balaka. 

In 2014, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced after Seleka overthrew then-President François Bozizé. Later that year, the armed groups agreed to a ceasefire. By then, almost one quarter of the population had been forced to flee.  

While the elections in 2016 were peaceful, the government still struggles to achieve lasting peace. After few months of stability, violence resumed in November 2016. Violence and wide-scale human rights violations are still being committed by all parties in the conflict. 

An estimated 687,398 peopleare currentlydisplaced while half the population face food insecurity, eating only one meal per day. A further 545,000 are living as refugees in Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   


People we helped in the Central African Republic in 2017

people benefited from our education programme
people benefited from our food security programme
people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our ICLA programme
people benefited from our WASH programme


NRC's operation

Skirmishes among armed groups and with international peacekeeping forces make it difficult for humanitarian organisations to reach people in need, including NRC. We work to ensure that our support serves Christian and Muslim communities equally. 

International efforts in the country have been inconsistent, with insufficient and ebbing aid. NRC declared it the world’s most neglected crisis in 2017. 

We strive to influence the international community, advocating for increased funding and better protection of the most vulnerable people in CAR. 


NRC EducationEducation

We support the public education system at the national, local and community levels in three prefectures to provide quality education to children. We also make sure that children who have missed out on their education are able to catch up with their peers. Our education teams:

  • construct and rebuild schools
  • re-enrol children in courses
  • enlist and train teachers
  • provide catch-up classes to children through our accelerated learning programme

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

In CAR, our ICLA teams help displaced people with their property rights. We:

  • ensure that tenants are the rightful, legal owners
  • work to prevent further conflict over housing, land and property
  • conduct activities to promote social cohesion and foster dialogue and conflict resolution between communities

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

To support communities to restore their livelihoods, our teams:

  • distribute agricultural tools and seeds
  • provide training sessions on agricultural techniques
  • provide income generating activities


NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

Our shelter work in CAR endeavours to improve living accommodations for displaced people. Our shelter teams:

  • build and repair houses damaged or destroyed during the crisis
  • provide accommodation to people in displacement camps
  • rehabilitate community infrastructures

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

To restore the basic human rights and dignity of displaced people, we run water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities. We:

  • construct and treat water sources such as wells and pumps providing clean drinking water
  • construct and repair latrines
  • promote hygiene awareness


NRC CAR is grateful for the generous support from our donors:


  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) 
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 
  • United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) 
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 
  • Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)  
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) 
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)  


About NRC in Central African Republic

International staff
Budget 2017
USD 11 million
National staff


Country Director

Eric Batonon


+236 720 31 740