Employment-Intensive Investment in

the Central African Republic

Activities of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme in the Central African Republic

Current EIIP Involvement

Like the countries of the Central African sub region, the Central African Republic (CAR) aspires to promote stability and social cohesion, as a way of promoting its enormous natural potential, in order to draw all the dividends of peace and sustainable development.

In this regard, the country has developed an emergency plan for socio-economic recovery to lay the foundations for a new era of management of economic policy and the post-crisis situation and to forge a resilience that is both human and institutional. Especially, employment represents both an inducer and a resultant of so-called "inclusive" economic growth. In this context, the Central African Government through the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation has adopted the Employment Intensive Investment Program (EIIP) as an effective means of social mobilization and economic recovery while respecting fundamental principles and rights at work.

In order to help the Government to implement its vision, the ILO is currently implementing the project entitled “Project for the promotion of peace and the creation of decent and productive jobs in the Central African Republic (CAR)” with an important EIIP component. Thanks to his project, so called RBSA project, through the implementation of demonstration sites, the ILO is currently strengthening the constituent’s capacities in the different aspects of EIIP outputs. In addition, the ILO is working with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and International cooperation to consolidate the advances on institutional aspects, especially about the coordination of EIIP initiatives in the country. Most importantly, the ILO is taking the opportunity of this project to prove our comparative advantage on EIIP and develop project documents with the other partners in the country. In coming months, we’re expecting to be able to implement new operations in order to create new jobs and rehabilitate infrastructure to consolidate peace and economic recovery.

Historical Information

For the previous years, despite several attempts, the level of involvement of the EIIP unit in CAR was relatively weak mostly because of the shortage of funds and the physical absence of the ILO in the country. However, the ILO has been successfully involved in the implementation of the project entitled “Supporting the Redeployment of Public Administration and the Socio-Economic Revitalization of Communities (ARAT-RSE)”.

Thanks to this project, the ILO has been able to provide technical assistance to UNDP for the integration of the Employment Intensive Investment Program in the construction and rehabilitation works of Public Administration and security forces buildings. For instance, with this project, the EIIP contributes to:
(i) Rehabilitation of 15 buildings using EIIP techniques with the creation of 659 direct jobs;
(ii) training of 120 ILO constituents involved in the construction sector on the use of the EIIP;
(iii) Development and publication of the THIMO-RCA Guide.
This THIMO RCA, born in 2014 from a government initiative to coordinate the approaches of the various partners active in the EIIP in CAR, aims at harmonizing the practices of the different actors involved in the HIMO method in the country.

In addition, to consolidate the socio-economic revitalization of the rural communities, the ILO has trained 443 group leaders (including 136 women) on employability and simplified accounting.

At the end, this project has developed several actions which are currently consolidated with the funding of the on-going RBSA project.