Last month a peace agreement was signed between the Government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups, following talks in Sudan.
The Central African Republic (CAR) has been affected by chronic, protracted conflict and insecurity for more than 50 years. Landlocked and bordering other conflict-affected countries - Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan - the conflict in CAR is one of the most under-reported and underfunded emergencies in the world today. Human rights abuses, displacement and inter-communal violence are widespread. In August 2017, the UN warned that renewed clashes displayed early warning signs of genocide.
Since violence broke out in 2013, huge efforts have been made to bring the Central African Republic back from the brink of armed conflict. But this is still a fragmented country, with armed groups controlling huge areas of land and a deeply rooted sense of insecurity and mistrust.
In South Sudan, increasing insecurity and a deteriorating economic situation continue to force people from their homes. More than 3.9 million people have been displaced - 1.9 million have been internally displaced, and over two million have become refugees. Uganda alone is hosting more than one million South Sudanese refugees, the majority of them women and children.*
We are working with women civil society leaders from the three countries who are already actively involved in peacebuilding and security. The women, who are drawn from our partner organisations, gain skills, advice, ideas and networks through training to increase their own and their organisation’s influence and voice.
Through workshops and learning events, Conciliation Resources is providing young men and women with the vital skills to undertake conflict prevention work in their own communities and support the reintegration of returnees.
In East and Central Africa, we focus on peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the intercommunal conflict in the Central African Republic, and the political crisis in South Sudan.