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

In 2020, the Central African Republic remains one of the most fragile countries in the world, ranked 188 out of 189 by the Human Development Index, with an estimated 2.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The persistence of armed clashes in the country has largely contributed to the degradation of the humanitarian situation as well as eroding the resilience capacities of local communities. In the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI), CAR was the only country with hunger levels classified as 'extremely alarming'. Conflict has forced over one million people from their homes, with more than half of those fleeing to neighbouring countries.

Marie Mbendu outside her home. Photo: Darren Vaughan.
If Concern was not here, things would have been much worse. I wouldn't have been able to afford medicine for my children. So they would not have been treated.
Marie Mbendu - Concern beneficiary

Latest achievements

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COVID-19

We're working quickly to ensure that lifesaving humanitarian activities can continue in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and our information campaigns are raising awareness about the virus. 

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Cash-for-Work

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Building community resilience

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.

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  • Severe droughts are becoming more frequent

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