EU official meets with women and children in Central African RepublicM. Maser Visi, General Director of the European Union’s International Cooperation and Development Department (DG-DEVCO), met with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and its partner, Flamboyant in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Saturday July 22.
M. Maser Visi visited beneficiaries of the BEKOU Project, which aims to strengthen the resilience of local communities in the areas of essential services, food security, reconciliation, economic recovery and gender. The project is funded by BEKOU, the EU Trust Fund dedicated to the reconstruction/development of CAR. It aims at promoting livelihood, social cohesion and protection activities, and contribute to the efforts done for stabilization and peace in CAR. Mr. Manser Visi was in Bangui in order to participate in the first executive meeting of the BEKOU Trust Fund held in CAR.
M. Maser Visi, General Director of the EU’s International Cooperation and Development Department inspects peanuts from a machine produced by one of our beneficiaries. The machine removes the shell of the peanut and won a contest for best invention. PHOTO: DRC
The BEKOU project targets especially women, as many of them have become head of the household as a consequence of conflict and instability in the country. In addition, our partners provide a safe space for children to play and sing while also teaching them about reconciliation with an aim of reducing the risk of new conflicts.
Children sing a song of peace and reconciliation in the Child Friendly Space under supervision of DRC and Flamboyant. PHOTO: DRC
DRC and the Central Africa NGO, Flamboyant, was happy to get a chance to present some of the achievements of the project throughout the past few years. The visit was also an opportunity to express DRC’s appreciation of the partnership with the European Union linked to the BEKOU Programmes. Due to the BEKOU funding, DRC, Flamboyant and many other partners of the EU have been able to initiate efforts to promote socio-economic resilience of the local population. Together with Mercy Corps and ACTED, DRC works to empower more than 1500 economic actors of Bangui and Boua, improving economic and social self-reliance. To promote reconciliation, DRC also works with civil society in establishing dialogue and providing protection support in several area of Bangui. In addition, DRC support Livelihood activities in 2 other provinces totalizing 2080 groups in Paoa and 1050 beneficiairies in Batangafo.