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EU releases €138 million in humanitarian and development funding for Africa's Lake Chad region
Brussels, 3 September 2018
New EU funding will help vulnerable communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon
The humanitarian crisis in the Africa's Lake Chad basin, affecting parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and
Cameroon, continues to worsen due to prolonged violence, insecurity and environmental degradation.
To help the most vulnerable communities, the Commission has today announced new funding of €138
million combining humanitarian and development assistance. This is part of an overall EU aid package
for the region worth €232 million.
Speaking today at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin, Commissioner for
Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said:
"The disastrous effects of armed conflict and violence in the Lake Chad basin have had a serious impact
in an area already plagued by poverty and the extreme effects of climate change. The EU is committed
to continue to help the most vulnerable. Today we are stepping up our humanitarian and development
assistance. What is crucial is for all parties to the conflict to ensure full access throughout the region so
our aid can reach those in need."
"As the humanitarian situation remains pressing, we also need to help prepare the region to move from
conflict to peace – and from fragility to resilience. Our new funding will invest in social services and
tackle poverty, environmental degradation and the effects of climate change. We will also boost some
of our existing programmes in North East Nigeria by strengthening girls' education and reintegration
efforts, as well as health and nutrition services," said Commissioner for International Cooperation and
Development Neven Mimica.
Today's package is part of the EU's strategy to better link its humanitarian and development support,
with Nigeria and Chad being both pilot countries in this effort. Between 2014 and 2017, the EU
provided close to €700 million in humanitarian aid and development assistance to the region.
Breakdown of new aid package:
The humanitarian assistance announced today will go to four countries in the region: Nigeria (€47
million), Niger (€15 million), Chad (€11.8 million), and Cameroon (€15.1 million). Out of this
funding, €58.75 million was announced in July 2018 as part of humanitarian assistance provided by the
EU to the Sahel countries. Humanitarian assistance will cover the acute food and nutrition needs as
well as supporting protection activities, access to basic health care and shelter. The EU will also
support livelihoods, helping people rebuild their lives.
The development assistance announced today will also go to the four countries in the region: Nigeria
(€74.5 million), Niger (€32.2 million), Chad (€33.2 million), and Cameroon (€2.7 million), for a
combined amount of €143 million, out of which €34.7 was announced earlier this year. The
humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad basin is extremely fragile. Over 2.4 million people have been
forcibly displaced (including 1.2 million children), while violence and insecurity have also had a
negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of more than 17 million people. Around 3.6 million people
are in need of emergency food assistance and 440, 000 severely malnourished children across the
region need life-saving assistance. The resulting humanitarian crisis is among the largest in the world.
EU development support in the region includes the creation of appropriate security conditions for the
return and sustainable reintegration of internally displaced people and refugees; supporting the
redeployment of the state for the provision of basic services (healthcare, food security and education);
supporting economic recovery and job creation, notably for the youth.
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