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 […]
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 […]
We urge the international community to support grassroots approaches to violence prevention in the Central African Republic.
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.
We were honored to receive the visit of H.E. Jeffrey Hawkins, the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic.
Join us on 9/27 for a conversation with H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic.
Read Buzzfeed’s article on a historic march we organized with local leaders in Bangui, Central African Republic.