Situation overview

Following a March 2013 military coup, the Central African Republic saw an escalation of violence that often targeted civilians. The conflict escalated when anti-Balaka militant groups faced the ex-Séleka at the end of 2013, reaching unprecedented levels of violence and resulting in human rights abuses on both sides. The recent escalation of violence in CAR has brought the country towards the brink of a new, large-scale humanitarian crisis. The degree of violence observed in recent months has reached a point not seen since 2014.

As a result the conflict  caused over 655,000 internally displaced people in CAR, out of whom 60 percent are children. An additional 546,000 have sought refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of Congo.

It is estimated that more than half of CAR’s population need urgent humanitarian assistance ( 2,5 million people out of 4,6 million). The situation is made worse by the lack of funding for the humanitarian response. In 2017, only one quarter of the money needed to adequately respond to the most basic needs was pledged. The security situation in CAR remains volatile and unpredictable.

What we are doing in CAR

We are assisting internally displaced people (IDPs), affected communities and those returning home in the Nana Mambéré, Ouham Pendé, Mambere Kadei and Sangha Mbaere prefectures in the west of the country, with a focus on:

  • Protecting IDPs and vulnerable host communities affected by conflict and trauma
  • Creating safe conditions for the return of IDPs and refugees, including peace building and social cohesion efforts
  • Improving access to safe water and proper sanitation
  • Providing communities with the tools and ability to rebuild their homes
  • Supporting livelihoods and ensuring basic needs are met
  • Improving communities’ ability to cope with emergencies
  • Distributing cash  vouchers
  • Improve primary education by providing food and establish school vegetable gardens

Core activities include rehabilitating water points, offering material assistance, reconstructing shelters, providing psychosocial and livelihood projects, and training local staff and community trainers in emergency preparedness, eg food security, basic water, sanitation and hygiene amenities .

With our partners, we continue to distribute agricultural tools and seeds, and rehabilitate water resources and basic sanitation infrastructure. In 2018, LWF enabled 45,535 people to gain in autonomy and livelihoods, access to clean water and master good practices in terms of hygiene. At the same time, social cohesion and conflict prevention activities ensure the sustainability of these achievements.

Projects in 2018:

  • Multisectoral humanitarian aid for host communities, internally displaced persons and returnees (Mambéré Kadei and Sangha Mbaere)
  • Humanitarian assistance for households affected by the conflict (Gamboula)
  • Financial support for populations affected by conflicts in the west of the country 
  • Distribution of seeds to market gardeners
  • Multisectoral assistance for the restoration of livelihoods, protection and social cohesion
  • Nutrition and Water, sanitation and hygiene (Ouham)
  • Humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations affected by conflicts (Ouham)
  • Capacity building of the Directorate of Civil Protection


Updated  17 January 2020

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Results CAR (2018)