Central African Republic Revised Regional Refugee Response Plan: January-December 2014

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 23 Jul 2014
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SUMMARY

Period: January to December 2014
Current Beneficiary Population:159,876
Planning Figure to End- 2014: 306,500

Target Beneficiaries:

  • New Refugees fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013.
  • Third Country Nationals fleeing CAR with refugees to Cameroon and Congo.
  • Host communities.

Financial Requirements: USD 209,707,4101
Number of Partners: 16

Introduction

The situation inside the Central African Republic (CAR) remains extremely volatile. Civilians continue to be killed, thousands have been displaced internally and others have fled into Cameroon, Chad, the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

With the situation continuing to evolve so critically, the Regional Response Plan (RRP) for the CAR refugee situation which was launched in April 2014 has had to be revised. The RRP originally called for USD $274 million based on an expected beneficiary population of 362,200 by December 2014. Now, it includes requirements of USD 210 million based on a beneficiary planning population of 306,500. Crucially, the revision reflects the significant increase of refugees in Cameroon which had not been planned for. Already today, the original planning figure of 100,000 refugees by the end of 2014 has been surpassed.

The first RRP included nearly 100,000 Chadians returning home as part of the displacement from CAR where they have been living or even been born over nearly three generations. The revised RRP now does not reflect this particular group of persons following OCHA’s advisory that the operational and resource planning for them are better located in and therefore should be transferred to the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Chad due to be issued later in the year. Even so, there is an ongoing verification exercise to better identify the different profiles of the individuals in the group - including those who may be refugees or cases of potential statelessness - and to better ascertain the needs of the group. As this exercise has yet to be concluded, aspects and requirements which properly belong to the RRP will later be reflected accordingly, while the SRP for Chad will fully represent the situation and requirements relating to the so-called ‘returnees’.

The main elements of the Revised Refugee Response Plan include, as in the first RRP: - Reception, registration and relocation of new arrivals from the border to refugee sites.
- Delivery of services in life-saving sectors including protection, food and nutrition, health, shelter, site planning, water and sanitation.
- Development of emergency sites and shelter construction with the participation of refugees.
- Mobilization of more partners and encouragement of existing ones to scale up programme response to the crisis, especially in life-saving sectors.
- Initiation of assistance to refugees settled outside the formal sites.

All refugees are currently being registered and provided with protection documentation in order to avoid protection issues such as arrest, detention or forced return due to lack of documentation. Registration nevertheless still needs to be enhanced across the operations, for instance in Cameroon, where only 60 per cent of the refugees have been registered.