Conflict Scan: Engaging Youth and Community Leaders to Prevent Mass Atrocities in Central African Republic, Bangui (July 2018)
Search for Common Ground
The objective of the conflict scan is to ensure the project’s conflict sensitivity and the respect of the Do No Harm principle through an updated comprehension of the main conflicts and their dynamics in the project implementation areas (Fatime, Miskine, Yakité, and PK5).
The analysis revealed that the main issues leading to conflicts within the population are related to access to services and economic resources, urban management, domestic conflicts, religious discrimination, power structures/systems/dynamics, and political conflicts with an ethnic component. These conflicts manifest themselves in different ways; some can be violent and physical.
This study shows that there is no particularly visible actor or contributor to the conflicts except for the self-defense groups (GAD) who are taking the front lines as conflict drivers as opposed to the Séléka and Anti-Balaka. The dividing lines between people in conflict are not aligned with religious identity but more often align with socio-economic inequalities. The principle target beneficiaries of the project are the youth and community leaders. They represent key entry points for the project as they are essential barriers and mediators mitigating tendencies to turn towards violence when these mentioned conflicts arise.