In the Sahel, extreme poverty, climate change, armed conflict and insecurity continue to threaten the lives of millions already living on the brink. These interdependent drivers are behind the staggering levels of structural, chronic and acute vulnerability present in the region. Where the chronic seasonal cycle is broken, progress and success can be seen. Where conflict hits, hard-won gains are quickly lost and new challenges appear.
Communities across the region remain highly vulnerable. In 2017, around 30 million people are expected to face food insecurity, and almost 12 million of them at crisis and emergency levels. Pockets of pasture deficits have been observed in certain areas of Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, and risks of locusts have been identified in Mauritania and neighboring areas. The situation of people living in the conflict-affected regions of Mali and the Lake Chad Basin, is particularity critical.
In 2017, in the more stable regions of the Sahel such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal, where needs are driven by chronic vulnerability, humanitarian action has been fully aligned with resilience and development frameworks.
Lake Chad Basin: The scale of suffering remains huge and is expected to grow: around 11 million people will require assistance in 2017. Humanitarian partners have requested US$1.5 billion to provide aid to 8.2 million people. While the response strategy focuses us on providing emergency, life-saving assistance, humanitarian actors are also calling for a collaborative approach to help address the deeper causes of the Lake Chad Basin crisis that include abject poverty, the impact of climate change, rapid population growth and under-investment in social services. At the Oslo conference on 24 Feb 2017, 14 donors pledged $458 million for relief in 2017 and an additional $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond. (OCHA, 24 Feb 2017)
Mali: Needs remain high with more than 3.5 million people being food insecure and some 852,000 people in need of nutrition assistance. More than 37,000 people remain internally displaced. The majority of those in need of assistance are in Mali’s northern region. In April 2017, the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 for $293 million was only 11.6% funded. OCHA warned of destabilizing consequences, as the humanitarian situation is quickly deteriorating as a direct result of the conflict. (OCHA, 28 Apr 2017)
For 2017, the humanitarian community will require US$ 2.66 billion to help 15 million people, across 8 countries. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2016)
As of 7 July 2017, the humanitarian response plan for West and Central Africa was 30% funded. (OCHA, 7 July 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
La Force spéciale du contingent hollandais "Task Gorup Desert Falcon" de la MINUSMA, a organisé le 19 juillet à Kidal, une séance d’évaluation de la première phase de la campagne d’information et de sensibilisation sur les dangers que constituent les Restes Explosifs de Guerre (REG), les munitions et Engin Explosif Improvisé (EEI) sur les populations locales et particulièrement les enfants.
La Confédération Syndicale des Travailleurs du Mali (CSTM), a organisé les 17 et 18 Juillet 2017 à la Maison des Aînés de Bamako, un atelier sur le dialogue social. La MINUSMA, à travers sa Division des Affaires Politiques, a accompagné la Confédération dans cette réflexion.
Le Général de division et commandant de la Force de la MINUSMA, Jean-Paul Deconinck, s’est entretenu ce mercredi 19 juillet 2017 avec le colonel Felix Diallo, Commandant de la première région militaire. Ils ont examiné des questions concernant la paix et la sécurité dans les deux régions de Gao et Ménaka, y compris le renforcement de partenariat entre les FAMa et la MINUSMA en matière d’échanges d’informations et de renseignements. La rencontre s’est tenue au Camp I – Firhoun, contigu à l’aéroport de Gao.
INFORM is the first global, objective and transparent tool for understanding the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters. It can help identify where and why a crisis might occur, which means we can reduce the risk, build peoples’ resilience and prepare better for when crises do happen.
Sous la houlette de Daniel LEDESMA, la Croix-Rouge burkinabè (CRBF) a pu tester de nouveaux prototypes d’abris d’urgence dans la province du Namentenga. L’expertise de cet architecte du Centre de recherche en abris de la FICR, a permis de concevoir un modèle utilisable dans les pays du Sahel.
Entre 2015 et 2016, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel a connu des élections majeures qui se sont déroulées, dans la plus part des cas, d’une manière pacifique, crédibles selon les divers rapports des observateurs internationaux. Des pays comme le Benin, le Burkina Faso, le Cap Vert, la Gambie, le Ghana, la Guinée, le Niger, le Nigeria et le Togo sont désormais cités en exemple d’élections pacifiques et d’alternances démocratiques.
Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are scaling up assistance in anticipation of increasing humanitarian and medical needs in hard-to-reach areas of Borno state, Nigeria.
• The results of the IOM DTM 8 in May showed an increase in IDPs, unregistered refugees, and returnees in the Far North region with a total of 318,929 displaced people, of which 67% are children under 18 years old.
• During the month of June, coinciding with the month of Ramadan, the security situation in the Far North deteriorated, with 18 PBIED attacks and a significant increase in military operations. As a result, there has been a decrease in humanitarian access and an increase humanitarian needs.
• Conflict-induced displacement in 2017 decreased 25 percent compared to the same period in 2016
• UNAMA reports record-high numbers of child casualties
• Health and nutrition remain key concerns among relief actors
Polio this week as of 19 July 2017
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By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) - Nigeria’s conflict has displaced more than a million children, leaving them without access to education. However, an innovative radio program aims to transform this bleak scenario.
Concerned by the ongoing insecurity and its impacts, the UN’s children agency (UNICEF) created a radio program to help educate displaced children in the Lake Chad region.
Mardi 18 juillet 2017
Introduction de Mme Radhia Achouri, porte-parole et Chef de service du Bureau de l’Information Publique de la MINUSMA
Much attention has been paid to aid allocation across countries, including whether aid should target poor people or poor countries. There has been less focus on where aid is spent when it reaches recipient countries, at sub-national levels. This is becoming an increasingly important issue in the context of the ‘leave no-one behind’ agenda. This short note presents new analysis on the relationship between aid allocation and sub-national estimates of poverty in four countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras and Nigeria.
This overview document presents incidents affecting health workers, facilities and ambulances between January and June 2017. It includes incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources. The actual number of incidents affecting healthcare is undoubtedly higher.
Crisis Group’s second update to our Watch List 2017 includes entries on Nigeria, Qatar, Thailand and Venezuela. These early-warning publications identify conflict situations in which prompt action by the European Union and its member states would generate stronger prospects for peace.
Nigeria: Growing Insecurity on Multiple Fronts
Atypical coping strategies employed along the riverine regions of Gao, Timbuktu, and the Niger Delta
Near Term: June - September 2017
Medium Term: October 2017 - January 2018
Today, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed began a first-of-its-kind visit to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), joined by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.