The Crisis Tracker is a geospatial database and reporting project that tracks armed group activity and conflict-related incidents in the remote region encompassing Haut Mbomou, Mbomou, and Haute Kotto prefectures in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Bas Uele and Haut Uele provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Crisis Tracker project exists to overcome the current deficit of relevant and timely data in order to inform policy, strengthen the response of humanitarian and protection actors, and increase public awareness about the impact of armed conflict on vulnerable civilian populations.
Crisis Tracker data is drawn primarily from a community-based high-frequency (HF) early warning system (EWS) that connects more than 120 communities in eastern CAR and northeastern DRC. The Crisis Tracker also pulls from a wide-range of other sources to complement and triangulate EWS data. Using a methodology outlined in the Crisis Tracker Codebook, a team of national and international experts vets all information entered in the database, frequently updating incident reports as more information becomes available.
The Crisis Tracker uses this unique data set to illustrate the activities of armed groups, including killings, lootings, and abductions, and their impact on civilian populations across space and time. In addition to the online map, the Crisis Tracker team also produces conflict analysis via daily email alerts, monthly trend summaries, and quarterly security briefs.