The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country the size of France in the heart of Africa. Between 2002 and 2008, the country experienced a rebellion inflicting conflict and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes in most of the northern part of the country, bringing the agricultural industry, the base of the economy and most people’s livelihoods, to a halt.
Despite years of humanitarian assistance, the country remains fragile and insecure. The challenges vary depending on the region. While some are on the road to recovery and development (mostly in the north-west); many others are still victim to on-going violence and armed conflict (mostly in the north, north-east, east, south-east and south-central regions). Extreme poverty is endemic throughout the entire country, and this underpinned by poor infrastructures and lack of state and social services render people even more vulnerable.