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The eleven-year crisis shows no sign of abating and is adding to the long history of marginalization, climate shocks, chronic under-development and poverty, now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights Last Updated: 14 Oct 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
  • As many as 4.3 million people may become food insecure, up from pre-COVID-19 figures of 3.7 million
  • Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states recorded COVID-19 cases, some in IDP camps. Aid actors have adapted the response, including setting up hand washing stations and quarantine shelters
  • Heavy rainfalls and floods have affected over 100,000 people in the BAY states, hindering access. Humanitarians pre-positioned assistance and are mobilising increased resources
  • Despite challenges, aid workers have already reached over 3 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states since the beginning of the year
Nigeria Situation Update Photo
September 2020, Adamawa State: Infection Prevention and Control Agent and Health Educator conducting a sensitization session in Guyuk Ward, with support from the Society for Family Health Photo: Society for Family Health

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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 this year are outlined below.

Total Requirement

$1.1 billion

Funding to date

$449.6 million

Funding gap

$630.8 million

Top 5 Donors

United States of America $278.7 million (62.0%)
European Commission $42.8 million (9.5%)
Germany $28.8 million (6.4%)
United Kingdom $18.1 million (4.0%)
Sweden $12.1 million (2.7%)

Top Funded Sectors

Not specified $172.2 million
Food Security $158.6 million
Nutrition $22 million
Health COVID-19 $12.8 million
Water and Sanitation COVID-19 $10.5 million

Nigeria Humanitarian Fund

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

Total Amount

$31.1 million

Total Paid Amount

$31.1 million

Total Pledged Amount

Top 5 Donors

Donor Pledged Paid
Germany $12.3 million
Belgium $5.4 million
Netherlands $4.9 million
Switzerland $2.1 million
Sweden $2 million



Funding for OCHA Nigeria

The following donors contributed earmarked funding for this year.

Total Requirement


Earmarked Contributions


Opening Balance


Total (Contributions + Opening Balance)


Earmarked Donors

Donors USD
Canada (DFATD) 181,818
European Commission (DG-ECHO) 545,851
Germany 551,268
Norway 477,629
Private Donations (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan) 3,637
Sweden (Sida) 533,069
United States (US-USAID-OFDA) 1,500,000

Unearmarked Donors

OCHA received unearmarked contributions from the following donors:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • 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