The ten-year conflict in north-east Nigeria has created a deepening humanitarian crisis. More than 7 million people are affected in the three worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. 1.8 million people are displaced internally. With other global crises competing for scarce resources, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund is today evolving to partner with the Nigerian private sector, to mobilise additional resources and to ensure more timely and effective lifesaving support for the affected population.
The Fund is a Country-based Pooled Fund (CBPF) launched in February 2017 by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA) – in support of lifesaving humanitarian and recovery operations in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund – Private Sector Initiative provides private sector companies and business with the opportunity to contribute to the Country-Based Pooled Fund alongside donor countries. It is the first-ever joint humanitarian fund in which the private sector will join donor countries in providing assistance for humanitarian action. The platform is a first in the world for humanitarian action. It is a major innovation that will serve as a blueprint for other country-based funds.
Considered an “Investment in Humanity” the Fund supports lifesaving assistance with a particular focus on expanding assistance through frontline responders – those closest to the people in need. By partnering with Nigeria’s private sector, the Fund seeks to raise awareness and support for the humanitarian response from business leaders who play an important role in the lives of Nigerians.
Who is involved?
To date, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has raised US $70 million from 17 donor countries, thanks to the generous support of Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, Iceland, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka.
From the private sector, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Zenith Bank, and Oando have supported the initiative.