| Reply to Jimjones1972 - Msg #6157 - 05/08/2018 10:17|
This article came out May 7th 2018(as per their website) and clearly shows more proof of improvemnt in the Central African Republic.
Why is this important? Because it adds stability, security and confidence throughout CAR, and also means that the support given by the CAR government, UN, AU, MINUSA, to Axmin is legit and there should be no reason why we can't get back to the Passendro claim later this year.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
SUPPLEMENTARY GRANT TO THE SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR
RECONSTRUCTION OF GRASSROOTS COMMUNITIES-PHASE 1
General Overview: The Support Programme for Reconstruction of Grassroots Communities –
Phase 1 (PARCB-1) was designed for implementation in several phases and in various areas of
the Central African Republic, as their security conditions improve. PARCB-1, which covers
mainly the city of Bangui and its environs, was approved on 24 June 2015 to the tune of UA 15
million. The programme’s completion is set for 31 December 2019. PARCB-1’s mid-term
evaluation (end 2017) showed that it has yielded significant results that can contribute quickly to
reducing fragility and strengthening resilience in the project impact area.
While waiting for a second complete phase of PARCB, it was essential to consolidate and
strengthen the mid-term achievements of the first phase by replicating them in another locality, in
this case the city of Bambari (situated 385 km from Bangui), with regard particularly to the
component on “sustainable socio-professional reintegration of unemployed and out-of-school
youths”. Indeed, in accordance with CAR’s 2017-2021 National Peace Recovery and
Consolidation Plan (RCPCA), Bambari is currently a pilot area for reducing the spatial exclusion
affecting the hinterland. An investment plan on Bambari was adopted with the support of partners,
and international (MINUSCA) and national forces were deployed there to facilitate the
implementation of activities.
With an overall cost of UA 6.36 million, financing for the Supplementary Grant to PARCB-1,
which is part of this initiative, will contribute to strengthening sustainable livelihoods and social
cohesion for the direct benefit of a population of about 123,150 inhabitants in Bambari and its
environs, including 52% of women and 61% of mostly unemployed and out-of-school youths.
These efforts will supplement those already made by PARCB-1, which benefits 500,000 people
directly and 1,528,985 people indirectly (representing 32% of the CAR population), including
500,000 unemployed and out-of-school youths in Bangui and its environs.
Needs Assessment: The Supplementary Grant, which covers needs in terms of
construction/rehabilitation and equipping of grassroots socio-economic infrastructure in Bambari and
its environs (notably National Pioneer Youth (JPN) centres, the cattle market, the slaughter area, the
Teachers’ Training School (ENI), drinking water and sanitation infrastructure) for the benefit of the
population and income-generating activities for women. For the city of Bangui and its environs, the
Supplementary Grant will consolidate health- and food security-related actions, especially through
the operationalization of the youth entrepreneurship promotion centre and the hemodialysis centre,
and the development of a cattle market.
Value Added for the Bank: The CAR Government and other partners consider PARCB as an
excellent multi-sector programme model, which meets real needs for socio-economic recovery and
peacebuilding. The Supplementary Grant to PARCB-1 seeks to consolidate PARCB-1’s
achievements and duplicate its experience in Bambari, as part of the government initiative to support
spatial reduction. This programme is consistent with the Bank’s High 5s (H-5s) and Ten-Year
Strategy as well as the strategy to remedy fragility and strengthen resilience in Africa.
Knowledge Building: The approaches and methods experimented through sustainable socioprofessional
reintegration activities for unemployed and out-of-school youths, skills development in
technical education and vocational training, women’s empowerment activities, and awarenessraising
activities on social cohesion and change of attitudes in the programme, produced results and
need to be replicated in other regions of the country. The programme will ensure knowledge
ownership by beneficiaries through the participatory monitoring-evaluation system, which involves
them in all phases of its implementation. The programme also has a Monitoring and Coordination
Unit, a Steering Committee and a community consultation process.