Country Stats

  • Population: 5,032,075
  • Ranked in UN's Human Development Index: 188 of 189
  • Individuals in need of humanitarian assistance: 2.6 million

Concern's Impact

  • Emergency program in Ouaka: $150,000 injected into local economy
  • Climate response program: 114,000 people reached in 2019

Since late 2012, the people of Central African Republic have suffered bouts of sectarian violence that have displaced over 1 million. Our work focuses on water, sanitation, health, and nutrition.

We have been operational in the Central African Republic (CAR) since March 2014. Our overall goals are to provide humanitarian assistance in response to the country’s forgotten conflict, building the resilience of communities affected by climate shocks and conflict, and supporting water, sanitation, hygiene, health, and nutrition services.

Before Concern came here, the area around the clinic was overgrown and hard to get to. When someone got sick, they couldn't stay...Concern has helped a lot. If you visit other facilities that aren't supported by Concern you will notice a big difference.

Rufin Glamende, Nutritional Health Officer, Ombella-M'Poko

In 2020, the Central African Republic remains one of the most fragile countries in the world, ranked 188 out of 189 by the Human Development Index, with an estimated 2.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The persistence of armed clashes in the country has largely contributed to the degradation of the humanitarian situation as well as eroding the resilience capacities of local communities.

In the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI), CAR was the only country with hunger levels classified as “extremely alarming.” Conflict has forced over one million people from their homes, with more than half of those fleeing to neighboring countries.

Latest Achievements


Our team is training health staff in 75 health centers, as well as equipping them with the materials needed to ensure the safety of both staff and patients. In addition, we are training a network of over 600 parent leaders and 490 community workers to train parents and communities in the region, and adapting regular activities to align with social distancing guidelines.


Through our emergency program in Ouaka, 2,501 people took part in Cash-for-Work activities. This work made nearly 100 miles of road more accessible to vehicles, and injected nearly $150,000 into the local economy.

Climate Response

In 2019, we reached approximately 114,000 people with integrated livelihoods, health, nutrition, conflict resolution, and gender equality activities. The aim of these programs was to help communities increase their resilience to climate change-related shocks and disasters.

Smiling woman with hard hat and pick axe, standing on road beside a signBamongale Sedone stands on the site of a Concern-constructed water point at Boyali in Central African Republic
Two children pump waterA Concern team assembles a mobile drilling kit
concern health promoter in CARConcern worker holding baby

Our Work in the Central African Republic

Concern has been working in CAR since 2014 and has reached hundreds of thousands of people through a holistic humanitarian response.

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