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 2 June 2017, the humanitarian response plan for West and Central Africa was 25% funded. (OCHA, 2 June 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
Community members and humanitarian stakeholdersfrom all Sectors are strongly encouraged to refer individual cases of children affected by any form of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation and to flag concerns regarding a situation affecting children to the Child Protection Working Group, led by the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and co-led by UNICEF, and its member organizations.
Referrals should abide to the following principles:
Always seek consent prior to a referral.
93.0 M required for 2017
22.1 M contributions received, representing 24% of requirements
70.9 M funding gap for the Mali Situation
Ongoing military operations in Niger and Nigeria are accompanied by a resurgence of attacks and incursions of armed elements, leading to protection incidents.
A significant increase in cases of genderbased violence (GBV) reported by partners was observed in April.
US $ 3.5 million were allocated by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for a rapid response to the urgent needs of 40,000 people in the island areas and villages south of Bol.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2017
P.I. Associate, UNHCR Goré
La situation sécuritaire dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord demeure préoccupante. Plusieurs attentats suicides sont survenus dans le département du Mayo-Sava, dont celui du 2 juin à Kolofata faisant 11 morts et 31 blessés, et celle de la nuit du 9 au 10 juin dans le camp militaire du BIR qui a tué un soldat et blessé deux autres. Deux autres attentats suicides ont aussi eu lieu à Mora.
This map and infographic product outlines the sector achievements in Borno State as at the end of May 2017, and presents a graphical overview of the Education in Emergiences partner operational presence as of June 11 2017.
This map/infographic product outlines the education sector achievements in Borno State as at the end of May 2017. It also presents a graphical overview of the Education in Emergiences partner operational presence as of June 11 2017. Checkout the EiE List of Acronyms here: https://goo.gl/P7zUTS
CARGO DISPATCHED 541 MT
VALUE OF GOODS DISPATCHED 3.27 million USD
PARTNERS SERVED 6
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Despite the recent return of dozens of girls abducted by the insurgent group Boko Haram, the crisis in northern Nigeria remains acute, with mass movements of civilian populations within the country and over the border.
Le Tchad fait face à des crises humanitaires interconnectées, dans un contexte de pauvreté chronique et de faible développement économique. La situation sécuritaire dans les pays voisins a entrainé d’importants mouvements de personnes vers le Tchad, ainsi que des déplacements internes depuis plusieurs années. Des millions de personnes sont touchées par l’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition, en particulier dans la bande sahélienne et récemment dans la Tandjilé, cette situation risque de s’aggraver pendant la période de soudure (juin - sept.).
Chad is facing interconnected humanitarian crises in a context of chronic poverty and low economic development. The security situation in neighboring countries has led to large population movements into Chad, as well as internal displacement for several years. Millions of people are affected by food insecurity and malnutrition, especially in the Sahel belt, and recently in the Tandjile, this situation is likely to worsen during the lean season (June-September).
The humanitarian crisis unleashed by drought in Somalia has again highlighted the close links between extreme weather and food security. But how exactly are the two connected? And what can farmers in developing countries do to lessen the negative effects of climate change? This Q&A provides an overview of the key issues, with a focus on smallholders in Africa.
What is food security?
Goska is just five minutes up the road from Dangoma in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. But between the two villages are divisions so deep – and so devoid of compassion and understanding – they threaten the unity of Africa’s most populous nation.
Bullet holes and abandoned, burned-out buildings in Goska are evidence something sudden and terrible happened there. Moses Berde, the village head, explains that more than 40 people were killed and over 100 homes destroyed in back-to-back attacks on 24 and 25 December last year.
With the onset of the raining season in Borno State, varying degrees of damages are expected to infrastructures (self-made and constructed) in camps and camp-like settings, as the storms are more often than not accompanied by very high winds and have been known to cause serious damage to properties.
Séminaire régional sur « Le rôle des journalistes et des médias dans la prévention de la violence et de l’extrémisme violent en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel »
Des journalistes et des responsables des médias décident d’adopter une Charte de bonnes pratiques et de lancer un Forum pour renforcer la prévention de l’extrémisme violent en Afrique de l’ouest et au Sahel