Northeast Nigeria - Brief (December 12, 2017)

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Crisis in North East Nigeria

The conflict in Nigeria’s northeastern region has had a devastating impact on food security and nutrition, with millions of people in need of food assistance.

The World Bank in Northeast Nigeria

The World Bank has approved $775 million in IDA credit to rebuild the livelihoods of those badly affected by the crisis. The funding will address factors driving fragility in the region affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and help bring long term development. The recovery program consists of 6 projects focused on basic education and health services, agricultural production, and livelihood improvement opportunities. It draws on the Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) carried out by the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and European Union.

Doing Things Differently to Deliver in Northeast Nigeria

To deliver assistance more effectively in northeast Nigeria, the World Bank is working in collaboration with humanitarian, development, and peace and security partners. Its work includes: (1) cooperating strategically with partners which already have better access in hard-to-reach areas to support the implementation of assistance and help people in need; (2) sharing lessons amongst project teams in northeast Nigeria to seek synergies; (3) using technology, such as geo-mapping, to improve supervision and monitoring capacity; and (4) monitoring the security situation closely in order to operate safely.