- The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) continues to provide vital security telecommunications and data services to the humanitarian community in 8x operational areas across Central African Republic (C.A.R.): Bangui, Bambari, Kaga-Bandoro, Bossangoa, Zemio, N'Dele, Paoua and Bouar.
- A new ETC Coordinator joined the operation in mid-January 2017.
- The ETC has requested US$885,765 to carry out its activities to support humanitarian responders until the end of June 2017.
- The ETC is planning for the transition of long-term shared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services from the end of June this year.
The complex humanitarian and protection crisis affecting Central African Republic since 2012 shows no sign of abating.
The country continues to suffer from instability and an estimated 2.2 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017, including 1.1 million children. By the end of 2016, an estimated 420,000 people were internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict, with an additional 453,000 having sought refuge in neighbouring countries.