Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS

European Union, Borno State Launch Nine Projects to Build Resilience in Conflict Affected Communities

Abuja, 23/01/2018 - 13:12, UNIQUE ID: 180123_7
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Nine new European Union-funded projects aimed at building the resilience in conflict affected communities in Borno State will be launched in Maiduguri on Tuesday 23 January 2018 by the Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Kashim Shettima, at the Government House, Maiduguri.



European Union, Borno State Launch Nine Projects to Build Resilience in Conflict Affected Communities


 Abuja, 22 January 2018 - Nine new European Union-funded projects aimed at building the resilience in conflict affected communities in Borno State will be launched in Maiduguri on Tuesday 23 January 2018 by the Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Kashim Shettima, at the Government House, Maiduguri.

Over one million people will directly benefit from the nine projects, for which the EU has earmarked €123 million. The intervention areas include: basic services (health, education, nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – WASH - and electricity); and social protection (livelihood opportunities, vocational training and social safety nets). All projects have been designed to be implemented within a sustainable and environment friendly strategy that facilitates returns of displaced families and recognises the specific needs of women, youth and other vulnerable groups.

"The European Union recognizes the severity of the situation and the enormity of the challenge faced by the people in the Northeast, especially Borno State. There are no quick fixes in a constantly-evolving, situation such as being faced in the region presently. Consequently, recognising the need to work closely with all the relevant stakeholders is key to achieving success," Mr. Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation, at the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, said.

The projects aim to build resilience for enhanced food/nutrition security of internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities and returnees, and contributing to the stabilization and management of conflict in Nigeria's North East states, Borno in particular. They will be overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives of the Borno State Government, European Union Delegation, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), and the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

A following local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations have been selected as implementing partners for this initiative:

Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Action Against Hunger (ACF) will build on the already humanitarian assistance provided to gradually contribute to efforts by the Nigerian authorities and other major actors to initiate sustainable reconstruction and recovery work in Borno State, focusing on ensuring a transition between emergency and development in a sustained manner. Supporting the health and nutrition sector, the water sanitation and hygiene sector, and finally to the social protection, livelihood and income generating sector, the project will be linked to existing systems and protocols at both state and local level and work alongside authorities to ensure delivery of quality basic services to their population. Beyond authorities, the project will seek to empower conflict affected populations, in particular women and youth, to make them more resilient. This will be done through empowerment of affected populations on their health, nutrition and sanitation practices, support to sustainable livelihood and income generation, and the support to community cohesion and gender equity.

ALIMA/Solidarites International

ALIMA, in partnership with Solidarites International, will implement a three-year early recovery project aiming at increasing access to health, nutrition, FSL/Livelihood and WaSH services for IDPs and host communities to support voluntary and safe returns in accessible and secured areas. The overall objective of the project is to build resilience of conflict affected people and public sector institutions in Borno State. The project will be implemented in Monguno, Ngala, Askira Uba and Hawul Local Government Associations (LGAs) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Department For International Development (DFID)

DFID will utilise funding from the EU to provide solar energy systems that support improved delivery of essential services. These services include a general hospital and a major health sector training institution, as well as providing systems in several village locations. The larger solar systems are designed to meet the energy needs of the supported facilities over a period of many years, allowing the facilities to operate independently of the power grid and without reliance on expensive and polluting stand-alone generators. Village solar systems will support the restoration of health, education, and water supply activities, which are key needs as populations return and resume livelihoods. The hospital and village systems are expected to improve services for around 460,000 beneficiaries, and work in the training institution will support improved service delivery in Borno State as a whole.

Disaster Waste Recovery

The Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR) project will provide employment opportunities linked to waste and debris management and urban renewal, vocational training for displaced people and institutional strengthening to facilitate IDP returns and resettlement in the targeted areas of Maiduguri, Bama and Biu. The project will hire in excess of 13,000 local Nigerians for waste and debris management, and urban renewal. It will also increase the capacity within the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA) and the Ministry of Urban Planning, including the reestablishment of multiple offices, sanitation teams, office staff positions, and cost recovery assistance. An initial awareness campaign will promote cleaner and safer environmental practices. The Ministry for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA), and the local government will be closely consulted to ensure the program’s sustainability.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

FAO, in partnership with WFP and UN WOMEN, will implement a project aimed at providing conflict-affected populations with the means to resume agriculture-based and other environmental-friendly livelihoods, thereby allowing them to progressively sustain their own food and nutritional needs. The activities under the project will include capacity building on animal health, production, and husbandry, nutrition sensitive approach, business skills; and crops diversification. The project will also support small scale irrigation, poultry and fish farming, enterprises and market development, women involvement in local markets development, women’s safe access to fuel and energy and cash/voucher support. It is expected that this project will set the foundations for longer-term resilience building and sustainable economic and social development

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) will contribute to the EU’s objective of restoring basic health, nutrition, and WASH services in Borno State through this intervention. The IRC will collaborate with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency to strengthen the health system in service delivery, build on their preparedness and capacity to respond to massive health needs, and increase community participation and ownership of health and health care services. These activities will be complemented by the rehabilitation of hospitals and clinics, as well as improvements in water and sanitation infrastructure in health facilities. The health and WASH activities will be implemented in the local government areas of Gwoza, Jere, Konduga, MMC, Magumeri, and Monguno and will benefit 556,495 people.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps will implement a 36-month MAIDA programme that will directly and equitably support the recovery of up to 200,000 men, women, boys and girls who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The programme will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable way by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. Moreover, it will enable adolescents and youth to have access to employment and diversified livelihoods opportunities, financial services, vocational training and business development initiatives. The programme will also strengthen the overall social cohesion within and between conflict-affected communities and improve environmental resource management in areas of displacement and return. Together, these interventions will address the root causes of violence and poverty in Borno and contribute to building the foundations of sustainable, community-led recovery.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is implementing the EU/DEVCO-funded project “EU Support to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State.” The project promotes sustainable food production and resilience by providing technical and input support to farming communities. It also seeks to mitigate causes of displacement by improving access to livelihoods, addressing chronic food insecurity, and increasing production capacity of the displaced people. NRC will coordinate the action with various stakeholders led by the Ministry for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR). The project targets seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) within the three agricultural zones of Borno State, and specifically Askira, Biu, Hawul, Damboa, Jere, Damasak, and Kukawa, with the possibility to transfer to other locations based on access and needs.

United Nation Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP, in collaboration with WHO, will implement the project “Integrated Community Recovery and Resilience in Borno State” which will contribute to rebuilding the resilience of conflict-affected people and communities in Borno in a sustainable and environment-friendly way. The programme will cover 20 communities in Borno state, targeting conflict-affected youth, women and young girls, especially female breadwinners, and vulnerable community members (elderly, people with disabilities, etc.). The programme will focus on providing sustainable quality basic services through repair and reconstruction of infrastructure, provision of trainings, establishment of participatory local governance processes; and restoration of livelihoods and revitalization of local economic activity through livelihood stabilization, revitalization of environmentally-friendly agricultural production and market-based skills development.

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