Supporting host communities and refugees from the Central African Republic in East Cameroon
Support for host communities and refugees in Eastern Cameroon and for returnees in selected communities in the Central African Republic
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
2022 to 2026
Products and expertise
Economic Development and Employment
Political crises and violent conflicts have destabilised the Central African Republic since 2013. As a result, Cameroon is providing refuge for over 345,000 people – mainly on its eastern border. Government services in Eastern Cameroon are insufficient and underfunded, partly due to the large population growth. At the same time, international aid is on the decline. With virtually no formal employment available, the region is marked by extreme poverty. Accessing work is even more difficult for refugees. The prevalence of male dominated role models, discriminatory gender norms and traditional customary law severely restrict the scope for social action, especially for women and girls.
In Eastern Cameroon, the host communities and refugees, especially women, are able to shape their social and economic lives more autonomously.
The project assists selected municipalities in implementing cash-for-work measures. Participants can access temporary employment for which they are paid directly. On top of this, the project offers advice about setting up and developing savings groups and cooperatives.
The project is also involved in financing birth certificates for children, which constitute a prerequisite for graduating from school.
Awareness campaigns help enhancing gender equality, addressing women’s concerns and promoting positive masculinity. The project encourages interaction between refugees and the host communities through cultural and sport events.
The project advises refugees on options for returning to the Central African Republic. Refugees can also access advisory services to settle legal disputes in their areas of origin.
Last update: May 2023