ACTED opened its mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2007 in response to internal violence in the country. ACTED teams are mobilized in Ouham Pendé, Ouaka, Basse Kotto, Mbomou, Haut Mbomou as well as in Bangui to provide emergency relief to the most vulnerable, support displaced populations and to strengthen the resilience of populations and local authorities. Rapid response mechanisms to emergencies are currently deployed in CAR as well as integrated support programming for the sustainable return of displaced persons, and resilience building.
In 2013, the Central African Republic (CAR) faced an unprecedented military and political crisis. Four years later, the country is still suffering from the aftershocks. Agricultural production in CAR has since fallen and 30% of the population is food insecure. The population has limited access to medical care as well as benefits from poor water and sanitation infrastructure. With dramatic consequences: 91 out of every 1,000 children die before the age of one (2016). CAR is ranked last in the human development index
While the situation has started improving in 2016, late 2017 was unfortunately marked by an upsurge in violence between armed groups in the North and South of the country. Conflict- affected populations usually flee towards areas deemed safe, where they stay until the situation stabilizes, with waiting time that can be anywhere from a few days to, in some cases, a few years. These safe areas are often rural regions with limited facilities to support displaced populations.
In July 2017, approximately 600 000 persons were internally displaced in CAR, an increase of 49% in six months. The regular tensions increase the already important needs of local communities. Access to shelter, water, hygiene, sanitation and education as well as food security and livelihood issues are daily challenges for these populations.
ACTED has been present in the CAR since 2007, implementing programs that not only respond to the country’s humanitarian emergencies, but also provide support to communities and the local authorities in initiating long-term sustainable development. The NGO is mobilized throughout 6 provinces : Ouham Pendé, Ouaka, Basse Kotto, Mbomou, Haut Mbomou and Bangui.
ACTED’s programme strategy in CAR is based on the following 3 approaches:
Provision of emergency relief and assistance to vulnerable displaced and returnee populations
Integrated emergency response for highly vulnerable people in the sub-prefectures of Ippy and Bakala
Emergency response to malnutrition in Mbomou and Basse-Kotto
Supporting and sustaining returns to Bangui
RRM for vulnerable populations
Rehabilitation of Obo airfield
Co-facilitation of the Food Security Cluster, Central African Republic
Support for the reintegration of disarmed and demobilized persons in Bangui, Bambari, Bouar and Koui
Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Response for displaced people in Zemio sites
Enhancing resilience of conflicted-affected communities in Central African Republic while providing immediate life saving assistance to returnees households in their area of origin
Professional service contract – Displacement Affected Communities Support Project
Emergency response to communities affected by the security crisis in Zemio
Integrated return support for highly vulnerable displaced households in the Boeing neighbourhood
Support for the Rehabilitation of the Education System
Address urgent food needs of vulnerable households and increase local productive capacities
Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) for Central African populations
Mobile Intervention Brigade: Restoring humanitarian access to populations affected by crises
Strengthening the city of Bangui to emerge from the crisis
Multisectoral support for the voluntary and informed return of internally displaced persons from Bangui
New Vision for Development
Strengthening the resilience of farmers
Emergency support to high malnutrition localities in Mbomou