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)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
162.8 M required for 2017 including special situations
23.7 M contributions received, representing 15% of requirements
139.2 M overall funding gap for Chad
All figures are displayed in USD
1 February 2016: With the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and in partnership with the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), MAG has undertaken numerous Arms Management and Destruction (AMD) activities.
Armoury Storekeepers and Managers Course
Nigerian Police Force HQ, Abuja
Garin Wazam is a village in eastern Niger where CARE works to protect refugee children who have fled from conflict in Nigeria. CARE set up a ‘Child Friendly Space’ in the village to help children overcome the trauma they experienced living under and fleeing from the violent attacks of armed groups in the region.
7951st Meeting (AM)
Endless Talks on Ending Violence Pointless as Arms Sales to Criminals, Dictators, Terrorists Continue at Same Time, Says Holy See
Despite 15 years of steadily growing international attention to the question of protecting civilians in conflict situations, life in war zones around the world remained grim, with suffering “pushed to the limits” as cities turned into “death traps”, the Security Council heard today as it held an open debate on attacks against medical personnel and facilities.
1. Dans sa lettre datée du 25 janvier 2017, le Président du Conseil de sécurité a informé le Secrétaire général que le Conseil avait décidé de dépêcher une mission dans la région du bassin du lac Tchad (Cameroun, Tchad, Niger et Nigéria) du 1er au 7 mars 2017. La mission était codirigée par les Représentants permanents de la France, du Sénégal et du Royaume -Uni. On trouvera dans les annexes I et II la composition de la mission et l’énoncé de son mandat.
1. In his letter dated 25 January 2017, the President of the Security Council informed the Secretary-General that the Council had decided to send a mission to the Lake Chad Basin region (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) from 1 to 7 March 2017. The mission was led jointly by the Permanent Representatives of France, Senegal and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The composition of the mission and its terms of reference are set out in annexes I and II to the present report.
Le contexte de déplacement au Mali reste complexe et fluide. Des mouvements de personnes déplacées résidant actuellement dans les régions du sud vers les régions du nord continuent d'être signalés. Alors que certains ont indiqué être retournés définitivement, d'autres déplacés expliquent faire des allers-retours entre le lieu de déplacement et le lieu d'origine.
Due to decline in pasture conditions, livestock feed availability, particularly for cattle and goats is especially challenging in the north of the country (livelihood zones 7 and 8). If early rains arrive in some areas, there may be a reduction in need for livestock watering. Farmers must increase purchase of agro-industrial byproducts for livestock feed, at prices 15 percent above average. This reduces their purchasing power, at a time of the year when many households rely on markets for their personal consumption.
May 25, 2017 by Alex Thurston
Mali’s Conference of National Understanding ran from March 27 to April 2, fulfilling one provision of the country’s 2015 peace agreement. But peace remains elusive, especially in the center and north of the country. Mali is troubled by a host of armed groups, whose agendas range from ethnic self-defense to jihadism. Coming out of the conference, one key recommendation by participants was that Mali’s government should talk to the jihadists, or at least the Malian ones.
Le 24 mai dernier, le contingent nigérian de l’Hôpital de niveau II de la MINUSMA dans le Secteur Ouest, en partenariat avec le CAP Centre d'Animation Pédagogique et la Direction Régionale de la Santé de Tombouctou, a organisé une séance de sensibilisation sur l’hygiène dentaire au profit de 300 élevés de l’école fondamentale Alpha Daouna de Bella farandi.
Emergency Appeal start date:19 April 2017
covered by this update: 19 April to 12 May 2017
USG announces additional $45 million for the Nigeria humanitarian response
More than 11,800 people relocate to Nigeria’s Banki town from Cameroon in May
WFP continues providing emergency food assistance to IDPs and refugees across the Lake Chad Basin Region
International donors contribute $24 million to the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund
Study Pinpoints Link Between Food Shortages and Attacks by Extremists, Insurgents
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / BY: Ore Koren
ABUJA, NIGERIA — Aid agencies warn that humanitarian efforts against hunger in northeastern Nigeria are dangerously underfunded and some communities remain cut off from aid and their farms as the military continues to battle Boko Haram.
Communities in northeastern Nigeria are facing the dual threats of hunger and the terrorist group known as Boko Haram. The zone has been identified by aid agencies as one of four conflict-torn parts of the world at risk of famine this year.
In April, WFP assisted 1.1 million Nigerians in conflict-affected zones in the Northeast of the country through cash-based transfers, in-kind food assistance and specialised nutritious food distributions.
WFP food assistance reached for the first time Mishika and Magadali Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Adamawa State, in line with the findings of the latest Cadre Harmonisé.
OUROSSOGUI, SENEGAL — An agricultural project in northern Senegal funded by the Italian government is taking a different approach to reducing migration by focusing not on the young men who travel to Europe, but on their female relatives.
UNESCO (Dakar, Headquarters and IICBA), the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre for International Understanding (APCEIU) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), represented by its Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation (IFEF), organized a capacity-building workshop on prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E) in West Africa and the Sahel. This event took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 9 to 11 May 2017.
The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed to avert famine and help people in need.