Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS

New EU Recovery Initiatives Target 53,000 Yobe Households

Abuja, 18/06/2019 - 14:42, UNIQUE ID: 190618_23
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Over 53,000 households will directly benefit from two new European Union (EU)-funded projects aimed at strengthening the recovery and resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in Yobe state. The EU has earmarked €26 million through its 11th European Development Fund for the projects, to be launched by the Yobe State Authorities on 18 June 2019, in Damaturu. The projects will expand and deepen the already extensive EU humanitarian and development assistance to the many victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria's North East while addressing some of the underlying drivers of violent extremism in Nigeria. Proven international implementing partners will execute the projects, over a period of three years.

Over 53,000 households will directly benefit from two new European Union (EU)-funded projects aimed at strengthening the recovery and resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in Yobe state. The EU has earmarked €26 million through its 11th European Development Fund for the projects, to be launched by the Yobe State Authorities on 18 June 2019, in Damaturu.

 

The projects will expand and deepen the already extensive EU humanitarian and development assistance to the many victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria's North East while addressing some of the underlying drivers of violent extremism in Nigeria. Proven international implementing partners will execute the projects, over a period of three years.

Mercy Corps will implement the Building Resilience in Complex Crisis (BRIC) programme, which will increase the ability of over 26,000 households in Yobe state to cope with the shocks and stresses of conflict, climate change and complex crisis. The €14 million project, to be implemented over a 36 month period will work in Damaturu, Geidam, Gujba, Gulani, Potiskum, and Yunusari Local Government Areas to support men, women, and youth to meet their immediate early recovery needs and enhance their social protection outcomes. At the same time, it will engage with Yobe communities and local leadership to support and revitalize markets and livelihoods, enhance conflict mitigation systems, and create the conditions to facilitate systemic change. In this way, the project will strengthen resilience capacities for communities, households and individuals in the long-term, and address the underlying causes of crisis. To implement this project, Mercy Corps will leverage its expertise in fostering resilience in complex environments both globally and in Northeast Nigeria, with Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC)’s strong track record of delivering relief and early recovery programs in Yobe State.

The other project to be implemented by Save the Children will strengthen early recovery, improved human development, social cohesion and resilience for over 26,000 vulnerable households and communities in Yobe state. The project will do this through enhancing state government capacity to lead, oversee, strengthen and expand its social protection system and delivery of basic services, alongside increased state and community capacity to facilitate reconciliation and social cohesion.  It will also help vulnerable households and communities in Yobe to become more resilient to recurrent shocks through financial support, and to have diversified livelihoods, through effective support for market recovery, skills development and enhanced state capacity to provide technical assistance. This project is for €12 million over 3 years.

 

 

 

 

Note to Editors

About Mercy Corps

 Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

 

Since 2012, Mercy Corps has been working in Nigeria to deliver urgent, lifesaving assistance and promote development. We partner with communities to help them recover and rebuild, while addressing root causes of conflict, insecurity, and inequality. Every month we help ensure that more than 100,000 people have enough food to eat, and our work impacts the lives of over 600,000 people across the country.

About Save the Children

In Nigeria and in 120 other countries around the world, Save the Children is on the ground – every day and in times of crisis. Save the Children’s pioneering programmes address children’s unique needs, giving them a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, survive and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, Save the Children is always among the first to respond and the last to leave. Save the Children is outspoken champion for the rights of children, ensuring their voices are heard and their issues are given top priority. Drawing on a century of leading expertise, Save the Children takes on the toughest challenges facing the hardest-to-reach children – especially those unfairly excluded from the world’s progress. Save the Children started its operation in Nigeria since 2001 and closely works with partners across 12 States.

 

For more information, please contact:

At Mercy Corps: Mauricio Hernandez (Email: mahernandez@mercycorps.org )

At Save the Children: Kunle Olawoyin, Information and Communication Coordinator

(Email:) Kunle.Olawoyin@savethechildren.org

At European Union: Modestus Chukwulaka, Press Officer, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS (Email: Modestus.CHUKWULAKA@eeas.europa.eu )

Over 53,000 households will directly benefit from two new European Union (EU)-funded projects aimed at strengthening the recovery and resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in Yobe state. The EU has earmarked €26 million through its 11th European Development Fund for the projects, to be launched by the Yobe State Authorities on 18 June 2019, in Damaturu.

 

The projects will expand and deepen the already extensive EU humanitarian and development assistance to the many victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria's North East while addressing some of the underlying drivers of violent extremism in Nigeria. Proven international implementing partners will execute the projects, over a period of three years.

Mercy Corps will implement the Building Resilience in Complex Crisis (BRIC) programme, which will increase the ability of over 26,000 households in Yobe state to cope with the shocks and stresses of conflict, climate change and complex crisis. The €14 million project, to be implemented over a 36 month period will work in Damaturu, Geidam, Gujba, Gulani, Potiskum, and Yunusari Local Government Areas to support men, women, and youth to meet their immediate early recovery needs and enhance their social protection outcomes. At the same time, it will engage with Yobe communities and local leadership to support and revitalize markets and livelihoods, enhance conflict mitigation systems, and create the conditions to facilitate systemic change. In this way, the project will strengthen resilience capacities for communities, households and individuals in the long-term, and address the underlying causes of crisis. To implement this project, Mercy Corps will leverage its expertise in fostering resilience in complex environments both globally and in Northeast Nigeria, with Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC)’s strong track record of delivering relief and early recovery programs in Yobe State.

The other project to be implemented by Save the Children will strengthen early recovery, improved human development, social cohesion and resilience for over 26,000 vulnerable households and communities in Yobe state. The project will do this through enhancing state government capacity to lead, oversee, strengthen and expand its social protection system and delivery of basic services, alongside increased state and community capacity to facilitate reconciliation and social cohesion.  It will also help vulnerable households and communities in Yobe to become more resilient to recurrent shocks through financial support, and to have diversified livelihoods, through effective support for market recovery, skills development and enhanced state capacity to provide technical assistance. This project is for €12 million over 3 years.

 

 

 

 

Note to Editors

About Mercy Corps

 Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

 

Since 2012, Mercy Corps has been working in Nigeria to deliver urgent, lifesaving assistance and promote development. We partner with communities to help them recover and rebuild, while addressing root causes of conflict, insecurity, and inequality. Every month we help ensure that more than 100,000 people have enough food to eat, and our work impacts the lives of over 600,000 people across the country.

About Save the Children

In Nigeria and in 120 other countries around the world, Save the Children is on the ground – every day and in times of crisis. Save the Children’s pioneering programmes address children’s unique needs, giving them a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, survive and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, Save the Children is always among the first to respond and the last to leave. Save the Children is outspoken champion for the rights of children, ensuring their voices are heard and their issues are given top priority. Drawing on a century of leading expertise, Save the Children takes on the toughest challenges facing the hardest-to-reach children – especially those unfairly excluded from the world’s progress. Save the Children started its operation in Nigeria since 2001 and closely works with partners across 12 States.

 

For more information, please contact:

At Mercy Corps: Mauricio Hernandez (Email: mahernandez@mercycorps.org )

At Save the Children: Kunle Olawoyin, Information and Communication Coordinator

(Email:) Kunle.Olawoyin@savethechildren.org

At European Union: Modestus Chukwulaka, Press Officer, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS (Email: Modestus.CHUKWULAKA@eeas.europa.eu )

 

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