Central African Republic - Covid-19 Crisis Response Budget Support Programme (PABRC)

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Jul 2020
Signature Date 06 Aug 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 10,500,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The COVID-19 Crisis Response Budget Support Program in Central African Republic (PABRC-RCA) aims to support the efforts made by the Government to control the pandemic and help to mitigate its negative economic and social impacts. PABRC-RCA is aligned with the Government’s Response Plan to combat the pandemic. It complements the Regional Program to Support Member States of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fight the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) approved in June 2020. As at 13 July 2020, there were 4 259 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in CAR, 1 142 of which were declared ‘recovered’ and 53 deaths. The number of infections rose most rapidly in June with 2282 cases, i.e. an average of 87.8 infections per day for this month alone compared with 12.4 for the March to May period. Two thirds of the cases are due to local transmission but almost 85% of imported cases come from neighbouring Cameroon, causing tension that is affecting regional trade and integration. This situation represents a complex challenge since the Douala-Bangui corridor is vital for CAR’s trade because the country is completely landlocked. The proposed program will be financed from ADF resources allocated to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility (CRF). It was appraised in April 2020 following a request by the Government to the Bank in March 2020. It is an UA 4.5 million from ADF-15 and UA 6 million from TSF Pillar I budget support operation whose resources will be disbursed in a single tranche for each instrument. The measures retained under PABRC-RCA will be implemented over the 2020-2021 period and focused on the following two components: (i) protecting the labour force productivity against the outbreak threat by supporting the health response; and (ii) mitigation of the pandemic’s economic and social impacts.

Project Objectives

The PABRC-RCA goal is to help to control the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to the country’s economic and social recovery. Therefore, the PABRC is aligned with the strategic priorities of ADF-15 which aim to strengthen economic resilience and shock management, in particular Pillar II, which targets the improvement of the business climate, governance and human and institutional capacity. Thus, the PABRC, by protecting the RCA’s economy will contribute to ensuring the continuity of the reforms and progress noted in RCA in the various areas of engagement of ADF-15; as well as in resource mobilization and debt management.


PABRC-RCA will directly benefit infected people, households and businesses affected by COVID-19, for instance through food distribution kits and access to water supply. Overall, the program’s indirect beneficiaries will be the government of the Central African Republic through the ministries directly involved as well as Cameroonian citizens and businesses that will be protected from the rapid, continuing spread of COVID-19.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-CF-K00-010
Last Update 29 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name LUMBILA Kevin Numbi
Email k.lumbila@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Central African Republic
Coordinates Location Name
4.36122 18.55496 Bangui