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Central African Republic

A country plagued by conflict: economic development rarely gets going

Map of the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is a highly fragile country. Its history is characterised by coups, high instability and mismanagement. The level of social cohesion is virtually non-existent. Around the time of the presidential elections in December 2020, the country was once again rocked by armed conflicts. As a result, many people from this landlocked republic fled to neighbouring countries. Although its agriculture has significant economic potential and agriculture provides the livelihoods for around 60% of the population, the Central African Republic is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Only very few of its people benefit from the short periods of increased economic growth. The persistent political and economic crises and the constant threat from armed factions put the population’s resilience to the test time and time again.

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