The crisis

Family in IDP Camp A displaced family in an IDP Camp in Maiduguri (Photo, UNDPNigeria/Lucky Musonda)

The ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Region has affected Nigeria and neighbouring States, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.  In Nigeria, 20,000 people have been killed and 2.1 million have fled their homes, of which 1.8 million are internally displaced.
 
The conflict has also resulted in massive damage to vital infrastructure like housing and community facilities, also causing widespread stoppage of basic services. Furthermore, security is sporadic across the affected communities, putting millions of lives in danger and threatening successful sustainable interventions. The combination of these issues exacerbates the crisis and threatens the recovery of the fragile region.

What is UNDP doing?

Alt text for image UNDP visits Beneshiek and speaks with a community in need. UNDP Nigeria/Bridget Jangfa

We are on the ground in three most affected states; Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa. With the establishment of our sub-office in Maiduguri, we have scaled up our work to build upon successes and pilot interventions from 2016, including immediate livelihood support, infrastructure reconstruction and rehabilitation, and de-radicalization and prevention of violent extremism.

We have designed and rolled out an Integrated Community Stabilization Programme, which is aimed at helping both internally displaced people and host communities to better withstand the crisis and to pave the way towards a peaceful, sustainable future.

Minimum conditions must now be met before people can go home - communities must be safe, essential infrastructure must be available, livelihoods can restart, and local governments are able to provide basic services. Without even one of these components, communities will remain vulnerable.

In partnership with the Governments of Japan, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we are piloting the integrated programme in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno State - plans are underway to expand to Yobe and Adamawa States. Lessons from these pilot interventions will inform the scale-up of the integrated programme to 50 communities in five LGAs, targetting more than 1,000,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries.

Who are we working with?

Strong partnerships are critical to implement an integrated approach and to ensuring the gap is bridged between humanitarian efforts, recovery, and longer-term development.

 We are implementing an Integrated Programme in collaboration with;  

  1. The UN World Health Organisation (WHO)
  2. The British Council

In addition, our efforts are carefully aligned with the interventions of key sister agencies (FAO, UNICEF, WFP) and national and international NGO partners.

Our results so far

In the second half of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, close to 350,000 most vulnerable conflict-affected people benefited from UNDP's interventions. §  Rehabilitation of social infrastructure projects were implemented under the leadership of state governments. Priority LGAs and communities are identified in a participatory manner, aiming to prepare for the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of displaced people. Additional results include;

  • Provision of unconditional cash grants to over 80,000 most vulnerable conflict-affected persons;
  • Reconstruction of 11 schools, clinics and government buildings and provision of cash-for-work to 4,000 skilled and unskilled community workers;
  • Supporting over 3,400 farmers (20% women) with agricultural inputs, farm implements and cash to restart farming activities.
  • Supporting 3,200 small business owners with grants, equipment or training for diversification and new skills.
  • Reaching out to 4.2 million people with radio public service announcements and dramas on peace-building and gender-based violence prevention messages
UNDP is scaling up its support to the ensure effective provision of early recovery needs of vulnerable communities in the region.  

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