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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 where they are now and where they intend to go. 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.

We have established an office in Maiduguri in Borno state — the epicentre of the crisis — to kick-start this work and implement a comprehensive peacebuilding and recovery plan for the region.

Our achievements

With support from the European Union and USAID, and the governments of Japan, Norway, and Switzerland, UNDP has achieved promising early results:  

  • Unconditional cash grants were provided to a total of 82,000 most vulnerable conflict-affected persons
  • 11 schools, clinics and government buildings reconstructed providing cash-for-work to 4,000 skilled and unskilled community workers
  • 3,426 farmers (20% women) supported with agricultural inputs, farm implements and cash to restart farming activities
  • 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