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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.

Facts

A total of

155,250

people in need received our assistance in 2021.

 

Humanitarian overview

Armed conflicts have been afflicting the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2013, and in December 2020, election violence caused significant population movements within and outside the country.

According to the UNOCHA, as of December 2021, there are 692,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in CAR. 172,000 are living in IDP sites and 520,000 are living with host families. In addition, 741,000 Central Africans have found refuge in neighbouring countries, while 439,000 returnees have been registered.

There are 3.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in CAR, the equivalent of 63 per cent of the population. 2.2 million people are living with complex and severe needs. This is an increase of 16 per cent compared to 2021.

  • 32,294
    people benefited from our education programme
  • 83,626
    people benefited from our food security programme
  • 24,472
    people benefited from our shelter programme
  • 31,267
    people benefited from our ICLA programme
  • 60,399
    people benefited from our WASH programme

 

NRC's operation

While CAR is one of the most dangerous places for humanitarians to work (UNOCHA reports 396 incidents affecting humanitarian workers in 2021), NRC builds acceptance to ensure that our support serves communities through integrated multi-sector assistance. We try to focus on hard-to-reach areas where few other organisations are present and aim to provide sustainable assistance. In 2022, our country office has operations in eight prefectures. NRC also advocates for durable solutions and for the protection and rights of those affected by conflict, with a particular focus on housing, land and property rights.

 

NRC EducationEducation

 
We support the public education system at the national, local and community levels in four 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 to provide a safe and secure learning environment for children
  • re-enrol children in courses so they can enjoy an education, while creating a routine and sense of normalcy for youth affected by displacement and trauma
  • enlist and train teachers to strengthen their capacity in class management and teaching methodology
  • provide catch-up classes to children who have missed out on their education 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
  • work together with other cluster actors to ensure synergy and enhance the quality and impact of our education programmes
  • co-facilitation of the education cluster

NRC education teams work strategically to deliver quality education, even in places with limited humanitarian access, by using diversified methodologies, such as airing lessons on local radio, etc.

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

 
In CAR, our ICLA teams help people affected by displacement access their housing, land and property (HLP) rights, by:

  • ensuring that tenants are the rightful, legal owners through capacity building of local authorities, improvement of archiving systems and setting up community systems on the protection of HLP rights, etc.
  • working to prevent further conflict over HLP by providing local authorities and community mechanisms with much needed capacity building for them to better know their roles and responsibilities when it comes to assisting the resolution of HLP conflicts
  • conducting activities to promote social cohesion and foster dialogue and conflict resolution between communities
  • helping people obtain legal documentation, including the civil and identity documentation necessary to access rights and services, by building state agents’ capacity and providing information sessions to the public on the importance of such documentation
  • providing technical support to the HLP working group and contributing to the development of the HLP strategy within the protection cluster

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

 
To restore the food security and livelihoods of communities affected by displacement, our teams:

  • distribute agricultural tools and seeds to restore vulnerable households’ resilience
  • provide training sessions on new agricultural techniques to improve yields and increase independence when growing different foods
  • provide income generating activities to increase livelihoods
  • provide food and household items for people in acute need through the distribution of cash or vouchers
  • train and provide support to Village Savings and Loan Association initiatives for long-term socio-economic impact and self-sufficiency
  • ensure coordination and contribution through our participation to the cluster and thematic working groups

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

 
NRC’s shelter work in CAR endeavours to improve the living conditions for people affected by displacement. Our shelter teams:

  • work with the ICLA teams to ensure that HLP rights are respected and upheld
  • build and repair houses damaged or destroyed by providing in-kind material, cash and technical expertise
  • provide emergency shelter to people in displacement camps
  • provide transitional shelter for returnees
  • rehabilitate community infrastructures including administrative buildings and schools

Additionally, as part of our Covid-19 response, our shelter teams repaired a hospital building to be used for treatment and isolation.

 

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 WASH activities. Our dedicated teams:

  • construct and treat water sources such as wells and pumps, providing clean drinking water for affected communities
  • drill new boreholes to increase access to safe water
  • create, train and provide equipment to water points management committees
  • construct and repair latrines to help people utilise dignified personal waste disposal systems
  • promote hygiene awareness and materials to bring about long-term changes to sanitation practices with a particular focus on the transmission of Covid-19
  • provide materials to vulnerable individuals in need, in the form of cash, vouchers or in-kind materials, including hand washing stations

Humanitarian mediation and protection

In a context where conflict prevails, our regional project on humanitarian mediation and protection, financed by Sida, has gained even more importance. The project seeks to contribute to improved protection of civilians through humanitarian mediation processes aimed at conflict prevention and mitigation. Activities include the:

  • undertaking of conflict sensitive, gender and protection analysis
  • facilitation or support of dialogue processes and humanitarian mediation processes
  • training of national and international actors
  • acting as co-facilitator for the protection cluster

About NRC in CAR

Established
2014
International staff
21
Areas of operation
Bangui (Country Office), Nana-Gribizi, Kemo, Ouaka, Ombella-Mpoko, Lobaye, Mambere-Kadei, Nana Mambere, Basse-Kotto prefectures
Budget 2021
USD 13.3 million
National staff
199

Contact

Country Director

Powel Tchatat

Phone

+236 720 31 740