Regarding the Worsening Crisis in the Central African Republic

August 9, 2017 Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State Transmitted via electronic mail and facsimile Dear Secretary Tillerson: As a coalition of nonprofit humanitarian, peacebuilding, faith-based and human rights organizations and individuals committed to advancing peace and pursuing stability, we are grateful for the engagement of the American […]

Central African Republic: the Forgotten Crisis

Join the Congressional African Staff Association and Believe in Africa for a conversation on the crisis in the Central African Republic. RSVP Here Speakers Mike Jobbins Director of Global Affairs Search for Common Ground Susan Stigant Africa Director U.S. Institute of Peace Emira Woods Associate Fellow Institute for […]

As Violence Spikes in the Central African Republic, International Community Must Act

We urge the international community to support grassroots approaches to violence prevention in the Central African Republic.

Engaging Youth and Community Leaders to Prevent Mass Atrocities in Central African Republic (CAR) US Department of State 23 September 2016 – 31 October 2017

CAR has ongoing conflict along ethno-religious lines, and deeply-rooted into the country’s low human development indicators. The overthrow of President François Bozizé in March 2013 by the predominantly Muslim alliance, Seleka, and the subsequent recruitment of thousands of youth from Christian and animist neighbourhoods to form anti-Balaka militias, […]

“Zo Kwe Zo: All People are People” USAID October 15, 2015 to September 29, 2017.

Search for Common Ground’s 24-month project aims to prevent inter-community violence and support an inclusive peacebuilding process in the Central African Republic in partnership with the Association of Women Communications Professionals (AFPC), Discover the Journey (DTJ), and a range of media, community, and civil society groups. Our project is supporting peace efforts in the conflict-prone areas of Bangui, Bossangoa, and Bangassou.

Bolstering Judicial and Social Accountability Processes in the Central African Republic US Department of State 18 September 2015 – 31 August 2018

The conflict in the Central African Republic requires urgent intervention to support peacebuilding processes that address the roots of ongoing violence. Search for Common has been working with US Department of State funding on an ambitious program involving community leaders, media, civil society, and the government.
Given the context of widespread impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR), which impedes the country’s post conflict transition to peace and stability, Search for Common Ground, in partnership with American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), is implementing a program with the goal of supporting the rule of law and consolidation of peace in CAR through judicial and social accountability.

Conflict Scan – Bolstering Judicial and Social Accountability Processes in CAR – December 2016

The project “Bolstering Judicial and Social Accountability Processes in the Central African Republic” is operating in a context where conflicts are fueled by ethno-religious divisions, materializing in clashes between the pro-Muslim Ex-Seleka and the pro-Christians Anti-Balaka. SFCG, in collaboration with the American Bar Association (ABA) and with funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), is implementing an 18-month program to support the rule of law and consolidation of peace in the Central African Republic through judicial and social accountability. In this framework, SFCG carries out conflict scans using a qualitative approach with surveys and focus groups. The scans identify important developments in the conflict that may impact the project implementation.

97% of those interviewed said violence had decreased in the two months preceding the survey. Participants explained that this does not mean that there is no violence and that the conflict is over; however, 40% of respondents report not knowing about existing conflict in their communities. This study shows that the major conflicts affecting CAR are fluid, and the population has a tendency to minimize or to not distinguish between them. The concept of “inter-community conflict” is highly represented during discussions, but the division lines identified are most often religious (Christians/Muslims – 29%) and/or related to economic and power inequality (28%). Despite the focus on religious and economic divisions, participants rank political conflicts (51%) as the most high-risk for the future, and the tensions linked to land issues have also been highlighted as factors that could potentially escalate the situation toward violent conflict.