The establishment of the Unités Spéciales Mixtes de Sécurité (USMS) was one of the recommendations from the political dialogue to be considered in the peace agreement. A political dialogue led by the African Union (AU) was held between the Government of the Central African Republic and 14 recognized Armed Groups (AG) as stakeholders in the conflict in CAR. The dialogue led to the signing of a peace accord on 6 February 2019 in Bangui.
For the implementation of the USMS, IOM was responsible to implement the logistical component of the operationalization of the USMS including the construction of the camps, operationalization of the training programs and deployment support for members of the USMS. The construction of the USMS camps began in Bouar and later extended to Paoua, N’dele and Bossangoa. The duration of the “Appui à la Phase de Formation des Ex-Combattants Incorporés dans les Unités Spéciales Mixtes de Sécurité (USMS) à la suite de l’Accords Politique de Paix et de Réconciliation en Centrafrique ” project was 15 months (including 3 months of NCE), from June 2019 to October 2020.
The final evaluation will present an opportunity to assess the achievements of the CVR project in Ouaka (Bambari) in an inclusive way and to determine its overall added value to peacebuilding in CAR in the areas of community violence reduction, peacebuilding and peace consolidation.
In assessing the theory of change, the evaluation will assess the degree to which the project met its intended peacebuilding objective(s) and results. The evaluation will provide key lessons about successful peacebuilding approaches and operational practices, as well as highlight areas where the project performed less effectively than anticipated. In that sense, this project evaluation is equally about accountability as well as learning. Cross-cutting themes, such as Gender, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Rights-Based Approach, Environment shall be evaluated, as well.
Objectives of the evaluation: