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CAR: “economic and social reconstruction programme in urban areas”

In the neighbourhood of Miskine, in Bangui, ACTED is implementing an “economic and social reconstruction programme in urban areas” aiming at improving living conditions of the population of two districts in Bangui that have been the most affected by the crisis.

This program, implemented by ACTED in consortium with Oxfam and the Danish Refugee Council, involves young people in “labour-intensive public utility work”* such as roads’ improvement, weeding, backfill and digging activities in the area.

The project is a success and French Ambassador in Central African Republic Charles Malinas, has visited the site. He was able to note that populations had returned and life had resumed in the district, thanks to economic recovery actions and social cohesion reinforcement led by the three NGOs.

The initiative was also covered by local media, such as le Journal de Bangui.

*The expression “labour-intensive public utility work”, used by the International Labour Organization (ILO), describes the optimal workforce utilization to minimize poverty, while considering carefully the issues of cost and quality. In general, it is to find a balance between proper use of workforce, materials and equipment (hardware) to produce a profitable product and of satisfactory quality.