Niger: Complex Emergency (MDRNE010) Operation update – Timeframe extension

Period covered by this Ops Update: October 2012 to January 2013 cumulative narrative and financial.

Appeal target (current): CHF 3,375,048

Appeal coverage: 51%

Appeal history:

  • CHF 126,768 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 December, 2011 to support RCSN to provide initial assistance to assist some 6,500 most vulnerable households in the affected villages in four regions (Tillabéry, Tahoua, Dosso, and Diffa), and to assess the needs of the population in the most affected six regions (Tillabéry, Tahoua, Dosso, Diffa, Zinder and Maradi). DREF has been refunded with unearmarked funding.

  • The Emergency Appeal Niger: Food Insecurity was initially launched on 30 January 2012 for CHF 3,756,836 for nine months to assist 350,000 beneficiaries in six regions: Diffa, Tahoua, Dosso,
    Tillabéry, Maradi and Zinder.

  • A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 28 August 2012 and became Niger: Complex Emergency (formerly Food Insecurity) to support the Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) to deliver assistance to 32,000 households (224,000 beneficiaries) which include 17,000 Malian refugees and people affected by cholera outbreak. The timeframe was extended to 12 months and was to be completed by the end of February 2013. The delayed funding of the appeal led to a prioritization of the urgent needs and scaling down some of the food security activities that were no longer appropriate at the end of the planting season. The revised appeal also represented a six month operations update and beyond, and aims to concentrate on recovery with counter season food security activities in the regions of Tillabéry and Diffa. Supplementing these activities, an emergency nutritional (in partnership with UNICEF) programme targeting children below 5 years and women will continue in Dosso, Diffa and Niamey regions and monthly food distribution to some 20,000 Malian refugees and host families in Tillabéry and Tahoua regions planned to continue until end of December 2012.

  • A 10-month summary report was issued on 7 December, and reported on progress from the start of the operations until November 2012.

  • This Operation Update reports on subsequent progress, updates the dynamic situation and announces a three month extension, bringing the total operational timeframe to 15 months. The operation will now be over by the end of May and the final report will be made available three months later in August 2013.