The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains extremely serious more than three years after the current crisis erupted in December 2013. Some 2.3 million people – almost half of the population – are in need of humanitarian assistance. Around 2.4 million children are affected by the crisis, according to UNICEF.
Despite a successful election, humanitarian needs persist and remain very high, alongside recovery needs. However, regular fighting and access constraints complicate aid organisations' work and access to people in need.
In such a challenging context, humanitarian actors remain the main partners of the national authorities. Their support ensures the provision of relief and basic services to the population. It is therefore crucial that an enabling legal and fiscal framework for humanitarian actors is put in place.
With over €355 million provided since 2014, the European Union is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to CAR. The European Commission alone has provided €111.5 million (in addition to over €37 million for Central African refugees in neighbouring countries) in humanitarian aid since December 2013.
The Commission's humanitarian assistance primarily targets needs in the areas of nutrition, health, emergency shelter, water, sanitation and protection of civilians.