ABUJA, July 14, 2022 – More than 500,000 conflict-affected people will benefit from a new humanitarian and development program aimed at strengthening peace, increasing livelihood opportunities and providing support in education, health, nutrition, protection and sanitation to build resilience of vulnerable populations in Borno and Yobe states.
Funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the German Development Bank, KfW, children 0-23 months, pregnant women, school-aged children, adolescent girls, households led by women and people with disabilities will be targeted under the Resilience and Social Cohesion Project implemented for three years by the World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF.
The multi-year project will leverage continued humanitarian support in Baden Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State and Shani LGA of Borno State, while providing multi-sectoral interventions to address drivers of conflict and of fragility. The project will support the strengthening of local governance structures to promote social cohesion through community processes and capacity building of government partners.
Now in its thirteenth year, armed conflict in northeast Nigeria has leveled communities, destroyed livelihoods and disrupted essential services for children and adults. Prolonged insecurity, high food prices and COVID-19 related lockdowns have left more than 4 million people in need of food assistance. The situation is further exacerbated by a severe impact of violence and disorder on family income, mental health, nutrition, education and other child protection issues. Across the region, 1.14 million children suffer from acute malnutrition on a scale not seen since 2018.
“It is a path to peace and sustainable development,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. “Children and other vulnerable groups will have a lifeline and an opportunity to survive and thrive in communities where livelihood and peacebuilding activities are present.”
“A conflict in any region is potential instability in the rest of the world. UNICEF is grateful to the German government for supporting pathways to child survival and peace in North East Nigeria,” said Peter Hawkins.
The Resilience and Social Cohesion program will contribute to seven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of poverty eradication, zero hunger, access to quality education, gender equality, good health and well-being , climate action, peace, justice and strong institutions as well as partnership for Goals.
The new program which will focus on building peace, building governance capacity, creating sustainable livelihoods, restoring infrastructure and providing vital services to 156,888 direct beneficiaries and 362,307 indirect beneficiaries in the two LGAs.
“WFP welcomes this timely and generous support from the government and people of Germany. This project will support people and communities facing the peril of conflict and hunger in northeastern Nigeria, particularly in Borno States. and Yobe,” said Ms. Simone Parchment, Deputy Country Director and Head of the World Food Program Nigeria Country Office.
“In these affected states, persistent conflict, climatic shocks, high food prices and reduced household purchasing power are undermining people’s ability to feed themselves and sustain their livelihoods. This contribution from the German government will go a long way towards building resilience, social cohesion and peace in the affected communities.”