The crisis in the Lake Chad region is affecting millions of people across Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. After nine years of conflict, 10.7 million people need relief assistance to survive. Stepped-up humanitarian response to the emergency helped avert famine in 2017 but gains remain highly fragile. One in two families still require sustained assistance to survive and rebuild their lives.
A two-day conference on Africa’s Lake Chad Region concluded in Berlin today, with the participation of more than 70 countries, international organizations and civil society actors. Co-hosted by Germany, Nigeria, Norway, and the United Nations, the conference focused on humanitarian assistance, protection of civilians, crisis prevention and stabilization, resilience and sustainable development. It served as a follow-up to the successful 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on the Lake Chad Region.
Donors announced US$2.17 billion to support activities in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. This includes announcements by 17 UN Member States, the European Commission, pooled funds (UN Central Emergency Response Fund and UN Peacebuilding Fund), the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
"Over 10 million people in the Lake Chad region still need life-saving humanitarian aid and protection", said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock. "Violence, hunger, displacement and fear remain the harsh realities of their daily lives but today we have better access to many communities than we had a year ago.” He also thanked the donors for their profoundly generous announcements of support to the humanitarian operation.
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said: “The US$2.17 billion in grants and the US$467 million in concessional loans pledged for the Lake Chad region are a strong endorsement of our new way of working together to address both the humanitarian needs and the root causes of the crisis in the longer term. In this way, our response to a crisis is also an opportunity to invest in a future where crises are less likely and nations are more resilient.”
The outcome statement by the co-hosts including breakdown of the pledges is available online.