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Towards recovery: Supporting crisis-affected populations in the Central African Republic

Communities in the Central African Republic have suffered since 2013 from recurrent security crises that continue to undermine their resilience capacities. ACTED provides emergency assistance to people affected by security crises by facilitating their access to water, sanitation and basic goods, and supports return dynamics and the economic recovery.

Clashes between armed groups that occurred in 2013 and 2015 led to the displacement of nearly one quarter of the population in the Central African Republic, approximately 900,000 people, and to significant economic downturn and the decline of basic services throughout the country. 2016 saw an improvement of the security situation, despite insecurity pockets in the Northern-Centre, North-Western and South-Eastern part of the country. In this context, ACTED supports the recovery of affected populations by facilitating their return to their home neighbourhoods through the reconstruction of houses; by facilitating access to basic services through the construction of water points and the rehabilitation of infrastructure; and by supporting affected populations in meeting their own needs through vocational training and by supporting the recovery of economic activities.

Emergency interventions to support displaced people

As a member of a collective rapid response mechanism, ACTED ensures the constant monitoring of villages attacked by armed groups and of population displacements in the South-Eastern part of the country. This enables ACTED to alert the humanitarian community and to share information concerning the most urgent needs of the displaced populations. ACTED conducts rapid interventions to support these populations through emergency basic goods distributions, and by facilitating their access to water during their displacement. ACTED also contributes to improving the living conditions in displacement sites through the construction of sanitation infrastructures and the organisation of waste collection services.

Supporting the return of displaced people to their home neighbourhoods

The destruction of houses is the major barrier hampering families from returning to their home neighbourhoods. In Ouham-Pende and Ouaka regions, ACTED provides support to the families willing to return to their homes by providing construction materials and by facilitating access to water and food. In Bangui, ACTED distributed vouchers that families can use to buy construction materials from local merchants according to their preferences. To support this process and reduce the risk of new intercommunity clashes, ACTED also implements activities aimed at reinforcing social cohesion while employing youth and women to carry out community services.

Partners in 2016 :

Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Direction Générale pour la protection civile et les opérations d'aide humanitaire européennes de la Commission européenne (ECHO), EuropeAid, Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), Haut-Commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR), Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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