Consolidated Appeal for the Central African Republic 2008
Things are on the move in the Central African Republic (
Despite these significant achievements, the situation has continued to deteriorate in the northwest, stretching from there along most of the porous border with Chad. Violence between militants, government forces, and bandits continues to haunt and displace people many of whom have fled from their homes for a second time. Some of the 197,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) have sought refuge in towns; others have fled to the bush; both are united in needing emergency relief and being cut off from their water pumps, clinics, schools, and livelihoods. Health and nutrition indicators point to the gravity of the situation, and research suggests that gender-based violence strikes well over 15% of women and girls in some parts of the north. The humanitarian consequences of violence will continue to plague people far beyond the end of the conflict at hand.
The international community’s response to the emergency is now rising to the challenge. During 2007 the Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team (known as HDPT, the team is an innovative partnership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies geared up its activities to help people in need. Its members established 35 offices around the country, compared to just seven a year earlier. Protection by presence is becoming a reality in
To continue its work in 2008, the HDPT has, together with the Government of
All NGOs and United Nations (UN) agencies, working under the auspices of the HDPT, will work towards meeting these priorities. This ‘Coordinated Aid Programme’includes 76 projects, all of which the clusters and the Humanitarian Coordinator have vetted and ranked according to six criteria: relevance to key needs and strategic priorities; location; timing; the extent to which a project supports humanitarian action; gender; and capacity- building. As such, each project included in this
It is now critical to build on the progress made in 2007 and maintain the presence established in order to stand by people in need. To that end, NGOs and UN agencies participating in this
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CAP officially stands for Consolidated Appeal or Consolidated Appeals Process, but in CAR the HDPT often calls its humanitarian programme the ‘Coordinated Aid Programme.’