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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 President 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 2016 elections were peaceful, the government still struggles to achieve lasting peace. After few months of stability, violence resumed in November 2016. In 2018, violence and wide-scale human rights violations are still being committed by all parties in the conflict, and more than half of the population remain in humanitarian needs. 

About 614,679 people are currently displaced while half the population face food insecurity, eating only one meal per day. A further 572,062 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

Clashes among armed groups and widespread violence make it difficult to reach people in need; While CAR is one of the most dangerous places for humanitarians to work, we ensure that our support serves all communities equally through multisector assistance.

International efforts have been inconsistent, with insufficient and ebbing aid. Overall, CAR is seen as one of the world’s most neglected crisis.

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


NRC EducationEducation

We support the public education system at the national, local and community levels in three prefectures to provide quality education to children. Our education teams:

  • construct and rebuild schools to provide a safe and secure learning environment for children.
  • re-enrol children in courses
  • enlist and train teachers
  • provide catch-up classes to children who have missed out on their education through our accelerated learning programme to allow them to reintegrate into the formal school system.
  • provide youth with training and support to enhance their livelihood skills and guide them towards a profession.


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


In CAR, our ICLA teams help people affected by displacement with their housing, land and property (HLP) 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
  • help people obtain legal documentation, including the civil and identity documentation necessary to access rights and services

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

To support communities affected by displacement 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 people affected by displacement. Our shelter teams:

  • build and repair houses damaged or destroyed during the crisis
  • provide accommodation to people in displacement camps
  • rehabilitate community infrastructures, including schools
  • work closely with ICLA team to ensure households’ HLP rights are respected

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

To restore the basic human rights and dignity of people affected by displacement, 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 and materials


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)  
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Humanitarian Pooled Fund


About NRC in Central African Republic

International staff
Budget 2017
USD 11 million
National staff


Country Director

Eric Batonon


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