Farmers at their communal food store near the village of Kolongo. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.Farmers at their communal food store near the village of Kolongo. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.Farmers at their communal food store near the village of Kolongo. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.

Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Why Central African Republic? We have been operational in the Central African Republic (CAR) since March 2014. The overall goals of our programme in CAR are to provide humanitarian assistance, build the resilience of communities and to alleviate the suffering of conflict-affected communities.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Central African Republic. Find out more about our response here.

Conflict and hunger

The Central African Republic remains one of the most fragile countries in the world, ranked 188 out of 189 by the Human Development Index.

In 2022, 3.1 million people - 63% of the population - need humanitarian assistance and protection, a level not seen in five years (OCHA February 2022), including 1.9 million people who are in a critical situation due to the deep and complex crisis that the country continues to face. 

Violence in CAR has ushered in new conflict dynamics in 2021.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have been forced to flee, reaching the highest level of displacement recorded since 2014 in September 2021, with 722,000 internally displaced people. In this context, risks for the protection and survival of Central Africans have multiplied.

Further, the country faces a food security and nutrition crisis. The Global Hunger Index ranked CAR 114 out of 116 countries in 2021, a situation classified as “alarming”, with indicators such as child mortality, undernourishment rate and child stunting being among the highest in the world. 

Concern’s strategy in CAR: building community resilience through integrated approaches

Concern has been alleviating poverty in CAR since 2014, following the outbreak of the civil war in 2013, and now works in two areas and four sub-prefectures: the South West (Ombella M’Poko and Lobaye prefectures) and the South East (Ouaka and Basse-Kotto prefectures).

Programmes are designed to be multisectoral and work on several leverages of poverty at the same time.

Hence, in 2021, we reached approximately 152,000 people with integrated livelihoods, health and nutrition, WAsH, conflict resolution and gender equality activities, helping to increase their resilience to shocks and stresses. 

In addition, Concern implements several transversal strategies, such as the gender strategy to foster gender equality at all levels. They echo Concern’s commitment to key principles of humanitarian action, such as local ownership and sustainability and the do no harm principle.

For example, in 2022, for the first time, Concern will partner with two national NGOs to implement its literacy and gender-based violence (VBG) activities in the South-East part of the country, transferring skills and generating additional economic spillovers for the local economy. 

28-year-old Amina Alhadji (centre) and two of her neighbours receive seeds and tools at a Concern distribution in Boali. They are part of a 10-member seed group from the village of Bogolo. In all, 60 people have been selected from 14 different communities in the area to receive tomato and okra seeds, and either cucumber or lettuce seeds, as well as technical assistance in cultivating.
Amina Alhadji and her neighbours receive seeds and tools at a Concern distribution in Boali. Photo: Chris de Bode / Concern Worldwide
Rufin Glamende (29) has been a nutritional health officer at Gbadengue clinic since August 2015. Photo; Chris de Bode.
Rufin Glamende (29) has been a nutritional health officer at Gbadengue clinic since August 2015. Photo; Chris de Bode.
Fabien Makongo is Concern’s Programme Manager for Food Security and Livelihoods in Bossembele, Central African Republic. Photo: Chris de Bode / Panos Pictures.
Concern's Fabien Makongo in Bossembele. Photo: Chris de Bode / Panos Pictures.
Fishermen in Kouango, CAR, steer a dugout canoe, which is often used to access remote river communities on the banks of the Oubangui, which seperates CAR and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Fishermen in Kouango, CAR, steer a dugout canoe. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Matron and immunisation coordinator Emielliene Mapouka (39) is in charge of polio vaccinations at Concern’s mobile maternal and childhood health unit in the village of Gbawi, Central African Republic.
Matron Emielliene Mapouka administers polio vaccinations at Concern’s mobile health unit. Photo: Chris de Bode / Concern Worldwide
Patricia and friend Julie (9) with a bowl of mashed cassava, palm nuts, avocados, mushrooms and tomatoes which they bought for the family meal.
Patricia and Julie with a bowl of mashed cassava, palm nuts, avocados, mushrooms and tomatoes. Photo: Chris De Bode / Concern Worldwide
Members of the Concern-supported seed multiplication group at Paybos - Caroline Yali (who's Olivier's wife), Emmanuella Mobutou and Gertrude Yassibio. Emmanuella is holding Gertrude's baby son Christopher. The women have been cultivating crops in the field they share.
Members of a Concern-supported seed multiplication group have been cultivating crops in the field they share. Photo: Chris de Bode / Concern Worldwide

How we’re helping CAR

We're working hard to alleviate suffering and build resilience for conflict affected communities in Central African Republic.

Health and nutrition
Food security & livelihoods
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH)
Social cohesion, protection and gender
African child holding onto older sister

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  • Millions of people on the brink of starvation

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