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Regional German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) project start-up workshop, Niamey 19-21 November 2018

Plan International launches GFFO-funded regional initiative to improve the protection of girls and boys in the Lake Chad Region

With financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), Plan International has launched a regional three-year project to improve the protection of girls and boys from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the Lake Chad Region.

Germany is supporting the implementation of Plan International’s new Lake Chad Programme Strategy 2018-2023 with a contribution of 6.4 million euros through a so-called programme- based project funding, focusing on the humanitarian target under the Specific Programme Objective on Protection which is: “Improving the protection of girls and boys from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the Lake Chad Region”.

Over 257,000 people will benefit from Plan International’s work on Child Protection and Gender-based Violence during the lifespan of the Lake Chad Programme Strategy. A major focus will lie on addressing the protection needs of adolescent girls, taking into account the findings of Plan International’s study Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from the Lake Chad Basin and the fact that adolescent girls are impacted by the protracted crisis in the Lake Chad Basin in ways that are different from adolescent boys and from women, and in ways that are often overlooked.

To achieve the Specific Programme Objective, the GFFO-funded project will focus on the following three outcomes:

  • Girls, boys and their parents are able to prevent and address child protection and GBV risks.
  • Community-based child protection structures are able to prevent and address child protection and GBV issues.
  • Children and adolescents access quality services to prevent and respond to child protection and GBV issues.

At the regional start-up workshop, which was held in Niamey (Niger) from 19 – 21 November, Plan International officially launched the regional project with the participation of Plan International staff from Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria Country Offices, the Lake Chad Programme Unit, Plan International Germany and the Global Hub. The workshop was officially opened by the Counsellor at the German Embassy in Niger, Valerie Polydore, and Plan International Niger Country Director, Henri-Noel Tatangang.

In her speech, Counsellor Valerie Polydore said that “this project of Plan International uses an innovative approach fostering integration at various levels. The regional crisis in the Lake Chad basin needs a regional approach and new alternatives to meet the needs of children and to protect them from violence. This project is in line with the priorities of the Government of Niger and the Humanitarian Needs Overview.

Country Director Henri-Noel Tatangang highlighted that “the implementation of this new GFFO-funded project will be embedded in the regional Lake Chad Programme Strategy of Plan International. We thank the Federal Republic of Germany for accompanying us to reach the most vulnerable ones in this protracted crisis, focusing on their protection. Now, let’s work together to make a change and provide a sustainable response to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis.

The new Lake Chad Programme Strategy 2018-2023 of Plan International was presented to the audience by Fabian Böckler, Plan International’s Regional Lake Chad Programme Coordinator. He highlighted the in-depth and thorough consultative process which led to the elaboration of this strategy: “We identified key issues in the Lake Chad Basin which we want to address with this new strategy, building on our strengths in the areas of Child Protection, Education, Youth Economic Empowerment and Participation so that girls and boys in the Lake Chad region are resilient and realise their rights in safety and with dignity. We will adopt a full-spectrum approach that is gender-transformative, working at the nexus of humanitarian and development efforts and we will strengthen our influencing work at various levels to ensure that girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive”. This approach recognizes the importance of meeting immediate humanitarian needs while tackling the developmental deficit in the region and promoting social cohesion.

Plan International Global Child Protection Lead, Anita Queirazza, supported the design of the GFFO-funded project and participated in the regional start-up workshop to ensure the alignment of the implementation approaches across the three countries. In her presentation, she highlighted the need to strengthen community actors’ involvement in case management to improve the quality and sustainability of our response.

For impressions from the regional start-up workshop please take a look in our photo album


For more information, please contact:

Linda Prahm, Programme Specialist West and Central Africa, Plan International Germany,

Amina Oumarou, Regional Lake Chad Programme Advocacy and Communications Specialist, Plan International West and Central Africa Hub,

Fabian Böckler, Regional Lake Chad Programme Coordinator, Plan International West and Central Africa Hub,

Plan International
Original Publication Date: 
05 Dec 2018
Document type: 
Lake Chad Basin Crisis – 2014-2020