Central African Republic (CAR) has long been a ‘neglected emergency’: a relatively low recipient of humanitarian assistance despite high levels of humanitarian need. Following a coup in March 2013 by the Seleka rebel group, the country has recently gained media attention due to increased levels of sectarian violence and conflict, resulting in mass displacement internally and the deployment of troops by France and the Africa Union.
Whilst the statistics on CAR are shocking, the information isn’t new. It continues to rank poorly in the Human Development Index (180 out of 186 countries in 2012), it is one of nine crises that featured in the ECHO’s Forgotten Crisis Assessment (FCA) and it is ranked top in ECHO’s 2013–14 Global Vulnerability and Crisis Assessment Final Index.
However, prolonged incidences of conflict, persistent vulnerability and instability and protracted levels of chronic poverty have not been met with financial assistance to address the crisis and respond to needs. Instead, CAR remains the fifth most underfunded UN appeal in 2013, with only 47% of needs met. In the last ten years, both requirements and funding to CAR through the UN consolidated appeals process have averaged just 1% of total funding and requirements for UN appeals. So far in 2013, CAR has received US$136 million in total humanitarian assistance, compared to US$681 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo and US$897 million for South Sudan.
The briefing provides an overview of humanitarian funding to CAR.
Data is available in excel.