In the Central African Republic, we work with Uru, a youth-led organisation working to build bridges between youth and decision-makers in a society traditionally led by elders.
What's happening now?
The Central African Republic has been marked by ethnic tensions, pervasive political instability, corruption, and at least 10 military coup attempts in the last decade alone. In recent years violence has increased throughout the central African country, particularly between Seleka factions in the central regions and between rebels and anti-Balaka militias in the northwest – an area where economic and social inequalities are glaring, and the State has limited control.
Both the Seleka and anti-Balaka factions have evolved and are divided into many splinter groups, and are mostly motivated by control of the country’s rich natural resources.
In February 2019, a peace deal was signed between rebel groups and the government. Key provisions of the deal have been slow to implement however, and violence is once again on the rise in the countryside, with opposition and violations of the agreement building ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.
Promoting youth peacebuilding
In 2019, we began working in the Central African Republic in collaboration with Uru, a peacebuilding organisation focused on engaging young people.
Uru is a youth-led organisation founded in 2014, working in in 11 of the 16 prefectures in Central African Republic, promoting youth peacebuilding and building bridges between youth and decision-makers in a traditionally adult and elder-led society.
Uru’s aim is to support, promote and develop young Central African leaders, helping them to become effective and active members of their community, whilst promoting the image of Central African Republic on the international stage.
In a country often associated with conflict and poverty, Uru aims to shed light on the thousands of active and motivated youth who are working to improve their communities on the local level, through sustainable peacebuilding and development work.
Recent projects carried out by Uru include: working with young mothers and survivors of gender-based violence, combating hate speech, inter-faith harmony, awareness-raising of the peace process, capacity building for youth, working with artists on raising awareness internationally of the situation of CAR, and dialogue sessions.