For the first time since it began rapid deployments in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2012 in support of the Global Shelter Cluster and UNHCR, REACH has started establishing a more permanent presence in the country. Since March 2015, REACH has been providing technical support for the development of the first information management system for the UNICEF-led CAR Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), which is now in its third year.
Following the eruption of a political crisis in March 2015, CAR has experienced a violent internal conflict forcing roughly 436,000 people to be displaced within the country and 460,000 people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries Cameroon, Chad, Congo and DRC. Despite the situation in the capital Bangui having stabilized in recent months due to the increased presence of international peacekeeping forces, much of the country is still facing sporadic and significant violence.
The RRM aims to identify and ensure an adequate response to the needs of the most vulnerable people in CAR, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. It operates through an early warning system of alerts to launch Multi-Sector Assessments (MSAs), advocates for an immediate response by the humanitarian community and, if no other actor is capable of doing so, provides emergency assistance in terms of non-food items (NFIs) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) through its five implementing partners (ACF, ACTED, DRC, PU-AMI, and Solidarités).
With access and knowledge of hard-to-reach areas, the RRM is a key source of information in the country. To support a coordinated and informed humanitarian response in CAR, REACH has been providing technical and strategic support to the development of an information management system for the RRM. Notably, by producing bi-monthly dashboards, which allow for a regular overview of the humanitarian situation country-wide. The latest bulletins summarize the RRM activities undertaken in September, October and November 2015.
In order to disseminate information pertaining to the RRM more widely, REACH has also released an interactive dashboard. Core indicators collected through multi-sector assessments and RRM interventions can be visualised and analysed by the humanitarian community, thereby contributing to better coordination and informed humanitarian planning in the country.
All the reports, maps and latest news from the RRM are available on the RRM Page of the Humanitarian Response Portal.