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Nigéria © Sébastien Duijndam
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Nigéria

Caught between conflict and development

They have taken refuge in informal and formal camps as well as in host community, affecting the living conditions of local communities. The ongoing conflict deprives the population from livelihoods opportunities and lifesaving assistance, which exacerbates the malnutrition toll on the most vulnerable. Nearly 2.9 million people are severely food insecure and 440 000 children under five years old suffer from severe acute malnutrition. UN estimates that more than 800 000 persons are still living in inaccessible areas for humanitarian actors, which raises concerns for these trapped families.

Nigeria is the Africa’s largest economy in 2016, it derives its income mainly from the oil sector and agriculture. First demographic power on the continent with 190 million inhabitants, Nigeria population could reach 400 million by 2050. Meanwhile, the big gap is widening; about 20 billionaires and more than 30,000 millionaires are facing the 61% of the population who live on less than a dollar a day. While Lagos is booming, the country is facing huge disparities, especially in the north, which suffers from a lack of investment and the conflict that undermines development efforts.

 

On a daily basis, the needs of the populations are visible, particularly in our intervention areas, which cover the regions of Jigawa, Yobe and Borno. On the Niger border, our outreach team travels every week to reach pregnant and lactating mothers and their children suffering from malnutrition in remote communities. Some families walk up to three hours to receive their treatment. In Borno state, internally displaced person lost all their belongings when running afar from armed groups. With our cash transfer activities, we help them answering their more urgent needs but also to recover and develop new livelihoods opportunities with as much dignity and empowerment as possible. In Jigawa, we work hand to hand with the government to implement a social protection policy.

Nigéria © Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

Nigéria

© Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

Nigéria © Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

Nigéria

© Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

Nigéria © Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

Nigéria

© Sébastien Duijndam pour Action contre la Faim

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Our actions

Overall, our teams work with internally displaced people and host communities to help them develop new resources through cash transfer, but also to fight malnutrition through activities in nutrition, food security and livelihoods and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Between development interventions in Jigawa and Yobe States, where we support national institutions to address health issues or strength the resilience of populations, and emergency activities in Borno, we reached more than 4.8 million people in 2017.


Our programs are supported by the European Union, the European civil protection and humanitarian aid operations (ECHO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), the French Development Agency (AFD), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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