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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 COVID-19.

Highlights Last Updated: 04 Feb 2021

  • Needs will remain high for vulnerable people in 2021 and 8.7 million people will require urgent assistance
  • Up to 5.1 million people risk being critically food insecure during the next lean season (June - August 2021), a level similar to 2016-2017 when famine was looming over Borno State
  • The UN Central Emergency Fund has allocated $15 million for urgent food aid. The Humanitarian Coordinator has called for the international community to follow and step up support
  • Nigeria is now facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Borno, Adamawa, Yobe states have recorded new cases. Aid actors are intensifying actions and prevention measures
  • Despite challenges, aid workers had already provided around 5 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in 2020.
Yagana Bulama,  IDP from Marte living in Custom House
November 2020, Custom House IDP camp, Jere LGA, Borno State: Yagana Bulama, 20 years old, is from Mafa LGA. She now lives in Custom House camp, one of the many overcrowded camps for internally displaced persons around Borno State capital, Maiduguri. Life in the camp is not easy. She doesn’t have any other clothes and no soap to wash these ones. At the moment, she also doesn’t have much food and her baby has lost a lot of weight. She heard the situation in her village might be better but her house was destroyed and she would not receive food anymore, so she prefers to stay here in overcrowded, difficult conditions. Photo: OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

Voices from the field

Photo of a woman in an IDP camp standing in the doorway of her shelter.

Nigeria Humanitarian Fund and partners rebuild shelters destroyed by fire in the north-east

Photo of hands holding dried beans.
The cost of hunger in north-east Nigeria

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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 billion

Funding to date

$477.9 million

Funding gap

$528.5 million

Top 5 Donors

United States of America $244.2 million (51.1%)
European Commission $47 million (9.8%)
Germany $41.3 million (8.6%)
Central Emergency Response Fund $32.6 million (6.8%)
United Kingdom $26.1 million (5.5%)

Top Funded Sectors

Food Security $92 million
Not specified $47.5 million
Nutrition $35.2 million
Protection $33.2 million
Health $32.3 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

$24.2 million

Total Paid Amount

$24.2 million

Total Pledged Amount

Top 5 Donors

Donor Pledged Paid
Germany $8.2 million
Belgium $6.1 million
Canada $3.1 million
Sweden $2.5 million
Norway $1.8 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 205,520
European Commission (DG-ECHO) 605,327
Germany 1,189,061
Norway 473,250
Sweden (Sida) 614,386
United States (USAID-BHA) 1,125,000

Unearmarked Donors

OCHA received unearmarked contributions from the following donors:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom (FCDO
  • United States
  • ex DFID)

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