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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: 04 Jan 2021

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 over 4.3 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states by the end of October.
IDP woman sorting grains in front of her shelter in Custom House camp, Maiduguri
November 2020 - IDP woman sorting grains in front of her shelter in Custom House camp, Maiduguri. Photo: OCHA/Maryam Ibrahim

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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 2020 are outlined below.

Total Requirement

$1.1 billion

Funding to date

$549.2 million

Funding gap

$531.2 million

Top 5 Donors

United States of America $346.6 million (63.1%)
European Commission $46.6 million (8.5%)
Germany $37.4 million (6.8%)
United Kingdom $18.9 million (3.4%)
Central Emergency Response Fund $15.7 million (2.9%)

Top Funded Sectors

Food Security $228.5 million
Not specified $116.7 million
Nutrition $30.8 million
Health $19 million
Health COVID-19 $12.1 million

Nigeria Humanitarian Fund

Humanitarian Funds are set up for complex emergencies and support the highest-priority projects of the best-placed responders (including 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 2020.

Total Amount

$32.9 million

Total Paid Amount

$32.9 million

Total Pledged Amount

Top 5 Donors

Donor Pledged Paid
Germany $12.3 million
Belgium $5.4 million
Netherlands $4.9 million
Norway $2.9 million
Switzerland $2.1 million



Funding for OCHA Nigeria

The following donors contributed earmarked funding for 2020.

Total Requirement


Earmarked Contributions


Opening Balance


Total (Contributions + Opening Balance)


Earmarked Donors

Donors USD
Canada (DFATD) 192,107
European Commission (DG-ECHO) 545,851
Germany 1,148,640
Norway 477,629
Private Donations (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan) 3,637
Spain 716,846
Sweden (Sida) 533,069
United States (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
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • 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