In conflict-ridden CAR, act locally for smart peace

Politicians in the Central African Republic must understand local dynamics if the national drive for harmony is to succeed

The World Today
Published 27 July 2021 Updated 28 September 2022 3 minute READ

Most of the Central African Republic has been racked by conflict for more than ten years. This is despite the relative security of the capital, Bangui, defended by one of the world’s largest United Nations forces and an elected government for the past five years.

National level negotiations often ignore local concerns and disputes, fuelling conflict and marginalizing local parties who are often able to reduce violence. Smart Peace, an innovative peacebuilding consortium, has sought to understand the local dynamics, support local peace processes and push for their incorporation into national debates. 

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