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Responding to the Lake Chad Basin crisis  

Nine years into the conflict, the humanitarian emergency in the Lake Chad region is among the most severe in the world. The crisis is unfolding in a region already affected by severe underdevelopment, poverty and climate change. In 2018, more than 10 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection.

This is both a humanitarian and a development crisis and it is critical to scale up development interventions to strengthen resilience in the region, help people and communities recover as quickly as possible and prevent a further deterioration of the 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.

In 2018, UNDP organized a joint visit with OCHA to the region ahead of a High-Level conference in Berlin to discuss the need for strengthening resilience and a scaled-up development response to help people to retake control of their lives.

Key results

With support from the Governments of Germany, 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.

Find more information in our publication 'Resilience for sustainable development in the Lake Chad Basin'.

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