News / Africa

World Bank Mobilizes $100 Million for CAR

 A Muslim child sits inside the St. Pierre church where she and hundreds of other Muslims are seeking refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui, Thursday, Jan. 23,  2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Chri
A Muslim child sits inside the St. Pierre church where she and hundreds of other Muslims are seeking refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Chri

Multimedia

Audio
  • Listen to De Capua interview with Makhtar Diop of World Bank Group

Joe DeCapua
The World Bank Group says it’s providing $100-million in emergency development funds for Central African Republic. It describes the fighting and humanitarian crisis in CAR as a “profound tragedy” that requires “urgent international support.”


Muslim and Christian armed groups have been fighting since December and are blamed for many civilian killings and looting.

Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group’s Vice President for Africa, said, “I think for us it’s very important to support one of these failed states, as you call it, fragile states, which are states in a difficult situation for a long time.”

Civilians are bearing the brunt of the crisis.

  “With the recent acceleration of the crisis, I think we are close to one million internally displaced people in Central African Republic. The humanitarian situation is very, very bad. So for us it was very important to react very quickly and try to see how we can help the population in this country to face this cycle of violence and this crisis.”

Not taking action now, he said, would mean it could be very difficult to “restart” the country.

The World Bank Group plans to disburse some of the money quickly. Diop said, “We will try to ensure that some of the functions that are essential now can resume.”
Some of the immediate programs will include Cash for Work or Food for Work programs so people can have some money in their pockets and food for the families. Diop said this is being done “so that we can help the economy function a little bit again.”

The emergency funds will also be used to help pay civil servant salaries, including those who work in education and healthcare.

“Doing that we will be working very closely with various institutions and some of these resources will be channeled through the World Food Program, WFP, to help on the food provision side. And we’ll be also working with FAO to help provide some seeds because if you don’t have the seeds provided to the farmers now – before March or April – we are kind of affecting the next crop and therefore can face [an] even worse economic crisis and humanitarian crisis in the next year.”

Diop said the $100-million dollars will be disbursed throughout the year as grants. In a statement, he said, “We plan to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of CAR in their time of need and beyond.”

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid