The Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) for the Central African Region is a programme funded by the European Union under the European Development Fund (EDF), the overall aim of which is to support political and economic integration in the region with a view to reducing poverty.
The Regional Indicative Programme 2014-2020 for Central Africa was adopted in June 2015. Through this programme the EU will make €350 million available to the region.
The programme is focusing on three areas of cooperation:
- Political integration and cooperation in peace and security matters;
- Economic integration and trade (including infrastructures);
- Sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity.
The regional counterparts responsible for implementation are the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) – Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo – and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) – Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and São Tomé & Principe.
Cooperation under the 11th EDF will build on the achievements made under the 10th EDF, where cooperation focused on regional economic integration, political integration and management of natural resources. This regional programme amounted to €198 million and it has been fully committed. This funds projects in areas such as natural resource protection, institutional capacity building, conflict prevention and peace building, infrastructure development, economic integration and economic diversification. Further information on the funding under the 10th EDF can be found in the 10th EDF Regional Strategy Paper and Regional Indicative Programme 2008 - 2013 (pls add hyperlink to doc).
The Central African region also benefits from support under thematic programmes such as the Global Public Goods and Challenges (pls add hyperlink) and supra-regional cooperation under the Intra-ACP programme (pls add hyperlink) and there are also national country programmes addressing national challenges.