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Donors pledge $496 million for Central African Republic

The European Union and the United Nations are looking to balance short-term security and "stabilisation" measures with immediate humanitarian aid, pledging along with other donors half a billion dollars to the conflict-stricken Central African Republic.

The EU and the UN, as well as other donors such as the United States, World Bank and African Development Bank, pledged $496 million (366 million) to the CAR after a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday (20 January).
Some $296 million will go to "stabilisation" measures, including part humanitarian relief as well as the restoration of basic services and cash-for-work programmes, officials told reporters.