Central Africa Regional Representation: Development Operational Report 2013

  1. Executive Summary

Overall Status:

During the first half of 2013, several socio-political and natural events occurred in Central Africa. Political unrest in Central African Republic (CAR) led to the overthrow of President Bozize, and the displacement of thousands of CAR populations in neighbouring countries. Internal conflict in the DRC led to the displacement of thousands of people. Internal conflicts in Nigeria pushed thousands to flee into neighbouring Cameroon. Unprecedented floods in Cameroon left thousands homeless and with no means of survival. As a result of these events, focus was on the response to emergency situations. DREF operations and emergency appeals were launched to mitigate the sufferings of affected people in Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, DRC and CAR.

Another consequence of these events was little concentration on planned development projects and programmes. Adding to that was the late disbursement of available funding towards the end of the first half of 2013, thereby allowing little time to implement planned activities before the end of June 2013. Moreover, CARREP’s staff, including the Regional Representative, dedicated a substantial percentage of their time to the development of core documents for the Round 8 Malaria programme in CAR, to be funded by the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFAMT). In addition, CARREP’s Senior Regional Programmes Officer in charge of PMER was seconded to Niger for three months to support the development of core documents (M&E) for the Round 10 Tuberculosis programme, to be funded by the GFAMT. This delayed the timely production of reports expected from CARREP.

Nevertheless, during this reporting period, Cameroon Food Security project, funded by the Japanese government was launched. The implementation of the operation to assist CAR refugees in Cameroon, the launching of an emergency appeal to assist CAR refugees in DRC, and the implementation of various DREF operations to assist people affected by minor emergencies in Cameroon, CAR, Congo Brazzaville and DRC were also initiated. Key Issues. One of the key issues during this reporting period was the deployment of CARREP’s key staff to support other offices outside the region that impacted negatively on the implementation of activities as planned.

Key Accomplishments.

The major accomplishment during this reporting period was the launching and implementation of emergency operations, as well as the launching of a food security project in Cameroon. In addition, more than half of CARREP’s staff was involved in the preparation of the upcoming round 8 of the malaria programme in the Central African Republic. Plans for next quarter. During the second half of 2013, focus will be on the completion of on-going emergency operations in DRC, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville. Another priority area will be finalizing the documents for the Malaria programme in CAR.