Central African Republic

Natural resource issues

This landlocked country has considerable mineral (gold, uranium, diamonds, oil) and natural resources (wood, biodiversity, fishery resources); These are also something of a curse, since for over 40 years the country has been immersed in coups d’états and abuses. In this context, sustainable development policies have not been a government priority, and unregulated exploitation has been threatening the large forested area.

Civil society in the Central African Republic and its challenges

Historically, civil society has been severely constrained in what it can do as a result of the tense politico-military climate as well as its isolation. Its history is relatively recent and only really began with the arrival of national action plans, which created a space in which civil society organisations could finally have an impact. Because of the recurrent crises, funding for civil society is being absorbed for the most part by the humanitarian sector.

Well Grounded in Central Africa

In July 2010, Well Grounded conducted its first exploratory mission. The analysis that emerged from this was that needs were very significant. During two years, a member of Well Grounded stayed on in Bangui to offer on the ground organisation development support. Today, this support continues both from a distance and through missions.

Current and former CSO clients:

  • Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable (CIEDD)
  • Plateforme pour une Gestion Durable des Ressources Naturelles et de l’Environnement (GDRNE)
  • Initiative pour la Démocratie et le Développement Durable (I3D)
  • Maison de l’Enfant et de la Femme Pygmées (MEFP)
  • Réseau des Populations Autochtones et Locales pour la gestion durable des écosystèmes forestiers de Centrafrique (REPALCA)