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 500,000 internally displaced people in CAR, out of whom 60 percent are children. An additional 500,000 have sought refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of Congo.

It is estimated that over half of CAR’s population continue to need immediate assistance ( 2,2 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.


LWF response

Central African Republic

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.



We are coordinating operations with ACT Alliance members in country DCA and FCA and  have partnerships with UNHCR,  FAO and OCHA-UNDP. We also work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic, NGOs and women’s groups.


Updated  13 September 2017.



ACT Appeal

Alert / Update (December 2015)


Funding partners include

  • ACT Alliance
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
  • FAO
  • German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA)
  • ICCO Cooperation
  • UN Common Humanitarian Fund
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


LWF News

25 November 2017
GENEVA, Switzerland/GENEVA
16 November 2017
BANGUI, Central African Republic/GENEVA
14 July 2017
20 June 2017
BOUAR, Central African Republic/GENEVA