Central African Republic
In the Central African Republic, Humanity & Inclusion supports humanitarian organisations by providing logistics solutions to improve the stocking and distribution of humanitarian aid.
A driver working with Humanity & Inclusion in CAR. | © Handicap International
Handicap International launched a project in the Central African Republic in December 2015 to provide logistical support to humanitarian organisations active in the country. It aims to improve the reach and effectiveness of humanitarian aid and to assist people made vulnerable by the crisis, including displaced and isolated people.
The organisation will improve transport in the capital Bangui and the rest of the country, repair airstrips and pre-transport stocks of humanitarian aid, such as medication and essential household items.
The poorest country in the world according to the United Nations, there has been widespread ethnic and religious violence in the Central African Republic since 2013.
The Central African Republic is at the bottom of the ranking of 188 countries, assessed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based on the Human Development Index. It has a population of just under 5 million people and its economy is largely based on subsistence farming.
The country has suffered from chronic instability since its independence in 1958. In 2013, violence broke out between anti-Balaka (Christian) and Seleka (Muslim) groups, sending the country into a spiral of chaos. Numerous civilians have been the victims of acts of violence. Almost 700,000 people have been displaced; half a million have fled to neighbouring countries. Half the population is in need of humanitarian aid. The United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) deployed in 2014 and composed of almost 12,000 troops, has failed to restore stability.