Central African Republic: Conflict
The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered from a complex humanitarian crisis since a protection crisis erupted at the end of 2013. Continued displacement and violence have had serious humanitarian consequences for civilians.
Since last year, the number of people in need has increased by eight percent - from 2.6 million to 2.8 million. At the same time, the number of people in need of acute assistance is 12 percent higher than in 2020, with 1.9 million people in 2021 against 1.7 million in 2020. This increase is the direct consequence of outbursts of violent conflict, a plunge in socioeconomic indicators, a rise in food insecurity and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ETC was activated in December 2013 in response to the crisis. Led by the World Food Programme (WFP), the ETC in CAR is providing ICT services for humanitarians in 13 common operational areas across CAR - Alindao, Bambari, Bangassou, Bangui, Batangafo, Birao, Bossangoa, Bria, Bouar, Kaga-Bandoro, N'Dele, Paoua and Zemio.
In 2021, the ETC in CAR is implementing and supporting a number of services for communities, including a dedicated COVID-19 call centre in the capital city of Bangui to disseminate information and national health guidelines to help contain the spread of the virus.