Sahel Crisis: 2011-2018Ongoing
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 30 October 2017, the humanitarian response plan for West and Central Africa was 46% funded. (OCHA, 30 Oct 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
- Sahel: 2014 - 2016 Regional Humanitarian Response Strategy Reviewed
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• One generation of breeding has already occurred and an increasing number of immature adults have been seen in Niger that will mature and could be ready to lay eggs in September.
• No locusts were seen in central and western Mali in early August. Scattered locust adults are present in Chad.
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Organisée par le CILSS, la rencontre a enregistré la participation des délégués de ses pays membres, des représentants des partenaires techniques et financiers (FAO, FEWS NET, JRC/UE-GSU, PAM, FFP/USAID, ECHO, OXFAM, ACDI, Coopération Française), la société civile (APESS), l’UEMOA et des cadres et experts du CILSS.
By Shushan Mebrahtu
SARANDO GANDA, Niger, 5 September 2012 - In Sarando Ganda, a village along the Niger River on the outskirts of Niamey, many of the mud-brick houses have collapsed or are severely damaged, leaving 70 per cent of the population homeless.
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400,000 displaced by floods sweeping across West Africa
Torrential rains have struck several West African countries during the past few weeks resulting in mass displacements throughout the region. Following a severe drought, the August floods have exacerbated an ongoing regional food security crisis.
GENEVA, September 5 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has urged the international community to step up efforts for a political solution to the Mali crisis, warning that the whole region could be affected unless stronger action is taken.
- Avec un taux de 14;8%, la situation nutritionnelle des enfants s’est dégradée
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- Le paludisme repartent à la hausse à Zinder
As part of its mission to strengthen community resilience and reduce vulnerability, the Qatar Red Crescent Society has been working in Mali and Niger to support comprehensive action to minimize disaster risks.
In June, a four-person emergency response team from the organization visited the town of Gao in northern Mali, which saw outbreaks of violence in March. The purpose of the humanitarian mission was to distribute food aid to 1,000 households and conduct an assessment of the population’s needs in water, sanitation, health and food security.
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2) Heavy downpours left one dead in the Gambia during the past week. Heavy rains have persisted, exacerbating Cholera outbreak across Sierra Leone and Guinea. Concerns for flooding and Cholera spreading remain as heavy rains are again forecasted.
Backed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Niger has received approval from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for US $22 million to support its Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project. It seeks to boost food production in 10 rural districts in Niger, and ultimately improve the livelihoods of some 700,000 people, by implementing mini dams, wells and boreholes, irrigation schemes, erosion control and other water management measures along with the social infrastructure and training needed at the local level to ensure sustainability.
Qatar Charity (QC) has opened a shelter for children who fled to South Mali along with their parents.
The centre was opened by QC in June to help students catch up with the lessons they had missed.
QC executive director for International Operations, Mohamed Mubarak al-Adassani, said the initiative was aimed at easing the sufferings of parents and to make the 2011-2012 school year succeed, through giving the students an equal opportunity as their peers in the stable regions of Mali.
1 septembre 2012 [ABUJA-NIGERIA]
Le rapport d’étape 1 pour la mise en œuvre du Système d’information sur le secteur agricole de la CEDEAO (ECOAGRIS) fera l’objet d’un examen approfondi au cours de l’atelier technique prévu le mardi 4 septembre 2012 dans les locaux du Parlement de la Communauté à Abuja.
Situation Générale en août 2012 Prévision jusqu’à mi-octobre 2012
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée préoccupante en août avec la production qui a eu lieu au Niger sur de très vastes étendues. La situation est moins claire dans le nord du Mali mais est probablement similaire. Une reproduction à plus petite échelle a eu lieu en Mauritanie et au Tchad. Seuls des ailés en faibles effectifs on été signalés au Soudan et le long de la frontiere indo-pakistanaise.
Bamako, le 30 août 2012 – L’Agence Nationale de la Météorologie du Mali et l'Organisation météorologique mondiale organisent un atelier national sur la mise en place d'un Cadre national pour les services climatologiques du 4 au 7 septembre 2012 à Sélingué.
Aid workers brace for influx of refugees and IDPs
BAMAKO, Mali – The international children’s charity, Plan International, is warning that internally displaced children (IDPs) sheltering in Mopti may become displaced again after a nearby town fell to Islamist forces on Monday.
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A second generation of breeding expected to commence shortly in Niger and Mali
Each week the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC) provides an operational update on the activities of Logistics Clusters/Sectors in the field, together with the details of the latest publications on the Logistics Cluster website. The GLCSC is housed in the Logistics Division of the UN World Food Programme, the Global Logistics Cluster Lead. It is comprised of a diverse, multi-skilled group of logisticians, currently drawn from ACF, Care Canada, MSB (formerly SRSA), Save the Children, and WFP. Previously, the GLCSC has included representation from Care International and WVI.