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Now in its tenth year, the crisis shows no sign of abating and is adding to the long history of marginalization, chronic under-development and poverty.

Highlights Last Updated: 02 Jul 2020

  • The number of people in need of urgent assistance in north-east Nigeria rose from 7.9 million at the beginning of 2020 to 10.6 million since the onset of COVID-19
  • Up to 7 million people may become food insecure, up from pre-COVID-19 figures of 3.7 million
  • Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states have recorded COVID-19 cases, including in IDP camps. Borno is among the worst affected states in Nigeria. COVID-19 is deepening humanitarian needs
  • In light of COVID-19, humanitarians have adapted the response, setting up hand washing stations and quarantine shelters and introduced physical distancing during distributions
  • Aid workers reached 5.2 million people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states with life-saving assistance in 2019
Nigeria Situation Update Photo
Local CSOs HEWA and COMO holding sensitization meetings with traditional and religious leaders in Yola South LGA, Adamawa State. Photo: HEWA/Abubakar Halilu

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Key figures

Humanitarian Response Plan: Funding Update

HRPs are the result of OCHA’s work with humanitarian partners around the world to identify the most critical humanitarian needs, plan responses and determine the budgets needed to address them. Requirements for 2019 are outlined below.

Total Requirement

$847.7 million

Funding to date

$579.8 million

Funding gap

$267.9 million

Top 5 Donors

United States of America $258.3 million (44.5%)
United Kingdom $125.8 million (21.7%)
Germany $41 million (7.1%)
European Commission $38.3 million (6.6%)
Sweden $14.9 million (2.6%)

Top Funded Sectors

Food Security $180.9 million
Nutrition $93.8 million
Not specified $91.7 million
Education $37.7 million
Logistics $23.1 million

Nigeria Humanitarian Fund

Humanitarian Funds are set up for complex emergencies and support the highest-priority projects of the best-placed responders (including internation and national NGOs and UN agencies) through an inclusive and tranparent process that supports priorities set out in Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). Figures below are for 2019.

Total Amount

$26.7 million

Total Paid Amount

$26.7 million

Total Pledged Amount

Top 5 Donors

Donor Pledged Paid
Germany $6.8 million
Netherlands $5.6 million
Norway $3.9 million
Sweden $3.8 million
Belgium $3.4 million



Funding for OCHA Nigeria

The following donors contributed earmarked funding for 2019.

Total Requirement


Earmarked Contributions


Opening Balance


Total (Contributions + Opening Balance)


Earmarked Donors

Donors USD
Belgium 722,222
Canada (DFATD) 337,853
Germany 574,053
Norway 217,305
Sweden (Sida) 430,997
United States (US-USAID-OFDA) 2,500,000

Unearmarked Donors

OCHA received unearmarked contributions from the following donors:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Unearmarked contributions (or commitments) are those for which the donor does not require the funds to be used for a specific project, sector, crisis or country, leaving OCHA to decide how to allocate the funds.

** May include unearmarked and earmarked funding with implementation dates beyond the calendar year

*** Excludes miscellaneous income (e.g. adjustments, gain/losses on exchange rate etc.)

Funding information from the OCHA Contributions Tracking System