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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)

After the constitutional order was interrupted in March 2013, a political transition period with a Government of National Unity led to free and inclusive elections in December 2015 and March 2016. This led to the adoption of a new constitution that establishes a semi-presidential regime. However, armed groups continue to control a large part of the country and the security situation remains volatile, because the Central African Armed Forces cannot exercise their authority and ensure the population’s security and protection everywhere because of limited capacity and resources.

WHAT WE DO

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Enabel in CAR implements two projects on behalf of the European Union in the democratic governance (elections) and mining governance (diamond and gold) sectors.

Responsible sourcing of gold and diamonds from Central Africa

As part of the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), the EU is funding the ‘Strengthening Governance of CAR’s artisanal diamond and gold mining sectors’ project to contribute to transparent and sustainable diamond and gold mining in the Central African Republic by supporting the government in its commitments under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. 

Nevertheless, the bulk of production continues to be exported illegally. However, artisanal gold and diamond mining, the nation's second largest sector of employment, supports hundreds of thousands of people in most provinces of the country and has significant revenue potential for the State. 

Reintegrating this traditional economic sector in the legal realm is therefore a major aspect of development and political stability.

Democratic governance

This Programme comes at a particular time in the country's institutional and political history, the moment to prepare and organise national and then local-level elections in 2020 and 2021, which appear to be decisive in the process of consolidating and legitimising the country’s democratic institutions.
 
These elections have become a prerequisite for exiting the crisis under the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the CAR signed on 6 February 2019 between the Government and 14 armed groups. 

The Project's intervention logic is ‘to support the CAR in its efforts to recover and rebuild the authority of the State and the rule of law’.
Contact Enabel in the Central African Republic
Alliance Française 
Angle Rue de l’Industrie & Rue du Poitou, Bangui
 T +23675577123 | amougou.ngoumou@enabel.be 
Country representative: Philippe Serge Degernier

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