Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeal for the Central African Republic 2008
The country’s 197,000 displaced people, many of whom had to flee their villages with only the clothes they were wearing, are only the most obvious consequence of the violence. Most people in areas struck by conflict and violence have no access to clean water, health centres, schools or their fields. Thousands of women and girls have been raped and are in much need of health, psychosocial and judicial support facilities. With a growing number of aid agencies and improvements in access and data collection, the full picture of the gravity of the crisis is now emerging. But while the scale of suffering is startling, improved information gathering is also enabling the Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team (HDPT), which regroups the aid agencies working in the country, to design and coordinate their programmes more effectively, reach the most vulnerable, and make use of opportunities for economic recovery in areas where people are returning to their homes. To make the most of improved information, the HDPT has for the first time brought virtually all available data from assessments, surveys, and evaluations together in a comprehensive, analytical document: the Needs Analysis Framework. Building on this, the team has revised its strategy for humanitarian action until the end of the year. The overall strategic priorities – providing protection and emergency assistance, and linking humanitarian assistance to recovery and development – remain the same, but the objectives and projects in each sector have been reviewed rigorously and vetted by both clusters and the Humanitarian Coordinator.
Each of the 80 projects in this aid programme that still require funding for 2008 has been ranked as immediate, high or medium priority, according to six clear criteria. Projects are ranked higher if they are in one of the five priority sectors (education, food security, health, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene), build local capacities, are in an area where no other organisation provides relief, address gender issues or sexual violence, provide a link to early recovery, or facilitate other humanitarian action. Projects below medium priority were not included. To continue assisting and protecting one million people struck by violence and another million at risk, the organisations participating in this Coordinated Aid Programme require $48.9 million until the end of the year. Of this, $2.6 million is for projects ranked as immediate priority and $6.7 million for high priority projects. Donors, who have already generously committed $70.7 million of the $114.04 million needed for all of 2008, need to step up their support to the people of
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And yet, despite these positive changes, too many Central Africans still live in fear and the threat to security and progress is growing ever more complex. Indeed, the sources of violent conflict in