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Responding to the crisis in northeast Nigeria

The Boko Haram insurgency over the last seven years has victimized an already vulnerable population in northeast Nigeria. Over 5 million people are food insecure and nearly 2 million people are displaced across the northeast region. Around 187,000 people have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The conflict has already caused 20,000 deaths, massive displacement, food shortages, malnutrition, human rights violations, the collapse of basic services, diseases — not to mention enormous pressure on host communities. This is both a humanitarian and a development crisis.

UNDP's response

Swift delivery of aid, combined with a political solution to the conflict, recovery and emergency development work, can address the looming famine and build the resilience of Nigerian communities.

UNDP is expanding its early recovery work in the region by delivering a holistic recovery package that aims to stabilize communities through the simultaneous implementation of an integrated range of short to longer term early recovery interventions. This ensures communities are secure; have access to basic services like education, healthcare, and potable water; have both immediate and sustainable economic opportunities; and local governance structures are revived.

With a fully-fledged Sub-Office team based in Maiduguri, Borno State, UNDP is working in partnership with the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement in the State and collaborating with sister UN Agencies and international organizations like WHO and FAO, and The British Council to maximize the vast expertise of our partners, and further strengthen the web of resilient communities across the vulnerable region.

Our achievements

With support from the Governments of Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the European Union, USAID, and the host Government of Nigeria, UNDP has achieved promising results:   

  • Unconditional cash grants were provided to a total of 82,000 most vulnerable conflict-affected persons
  • Schools, healthcare facilties, water boreholes and government buildings have been reconstructed sometimes through cash-for-work programmes that have benefitted over 4,000 skilled and unskilled community workers.
  • Over 5,000 farmers (over 20% women) have been supported with agricultural inputs, farm implements and cash to restart farming activities.
  • Over 3,200 small business owners supported with grants, equipment or training for diversification and new skills.
  • 4.2 million people reached with radio public service announcements and dramas on peace-building and gender-based violence prevention messages.
  • 258 IDPs completed technical and vocational training in 7 trades (Modern Automechnics, Modern Automechatronics, Welding & Panel Beating, Auto Spraying & Painting, GSM Repair, Aluminium Fabrication and Welding & Fabrication).
  • 313 IDPs undergoing technical and vocational training in nine trades (Modern Automechnics, Modern Automechatronics, Welding & Panel Beating, Auto Spraying & Painting, Tailoring, Catering & Decoration, Shoe/Leather Work, Hairdressing and Computer Studies).

Find more information in our factsheet on northeast Nigeria.

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