A Pact for Peace, National Reconciliation and Reconstruction was adopted at the end of the Bangui National Forum which was held from 4-11 May. The Forum was attended by political and religious figures, armed groups, civil society members and youth groups. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the adoption of the Pact as well as an agreement signed by armed groups on the principles for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and called for its “swift implementation”.
PERIOD: January 2015 - December 2015
To immediately improve the living conditions of newly displaced individuals, ensuring their protection and providing them with basic goods and social services
To reinforce the protection of civilians, including their basic rights, in particular those of children and women.
To increase access to basic services and means of subsistence for vulnerable men and women.
La Voix des Sans Voix pour les droits de l’homme (VSV) exprime ses vives préoccupations suite à la reprise de la traque et d’expulsions massives des ressortissants étrangers, dont les Congolais de la RDC, du Congo Brazzaville.
Dans un communiqué de presse mardi 19 mai à Kinshasa, la VSV parle de plus d’une centaine des personnes interpellées à Pointe-Noire et Dolisie, ramenées à Brazzaville avant d’être expulsées à Kinshasa par le Beach Ngobila.
Brazzaville, Congo | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 01:00 GMT
Police in southern Republic of Congo used violence and subjected illegal immigrants to degrading treatment in the second phase of a crackdown that drove thousands from the country last year, the Catholic Church and a local charity said Sunday.
Congolese authorities on Thursday launched the next step in operation "Mbata ya bakolo" ("The slap of the elders" in the local Lingala language) in the economic hub of Pointe-Noire.
Summary of WFP assistance:
Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano
This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.
Aide humanitaire aux réfugiés sahraouis, la crise oubliée
L'année 2015 marque les 40 ans de cette crise oubliée. Les réfugiés sahraouis, estimés à plus de 165 000 personnes par les autorités algériennes, vivent depuis plusieurs générations dans des camps répartis autour de la ville de Tindouf, au sud-ouest de l'Algérie, et dépendent intégralement de l'aide internationale pour l'accès aux services essentiels (eau, assainissement, hygiène, alimentation/nutrition, soins de santé, soutien aux personnes vulnérables...).
In early March, the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Pointe-Noire, the second largest city in the Republic of Congo, inaugurated a new building that will allow for increased student admission. The new building is part of a project focused on the promotion of vocational training for disadvantaged youth that will train 3,000 students from the cities of Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville over the next four years.
In the Central Africa Region, the year 2014 was marked significant displacement of people in the Central African Republic (CAR), following continuous acts of violence and political instability. Most of these refugees and migrants moved into Cameroon, Republic of Congo (RoC), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while some internally displaced persons (IDPs) were identified and supported by the IFRC and the CAR Red Cross in CAR.
IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds
Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015
Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:
WFP’s new C.A.R. Regional Emergency Operation (EMOP) 200799 began on 1 January 2015 in response to another wave of insecurity and further displacement of populations. More than 654,000 beneficiaries were reached in March across the five countries of regional EMOP 200799, representing 68 percent of planned fig- ures. In April, WFP is targeting 1.3 million beneficiaries across the five countries.
With nearly 900,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) forcibly displaced since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, the CAR crisis is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time. There are more than 460,000 CAR refugees in neighbouring countries and some 436,000 people are internally displaced. In the Central African Republic, a total of 2.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.
On 14 April, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Babacar Gaye, appealed to the UN Security Council to increase their financial contributions to the humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR). Mr. Gaye noted that the country’s political transition had reached a “critical stage” as those concerned attempt to organize credible elections by August 2015.