Humanitarianresponse Logo

LCB Declaration Paper - Berlin Conference 2018 (31 august 2018)

Supporting Lake Chad Basin Communities on the Path Towards Peace and Sustainable Development

With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, 10.7 million people continue to be in urgent need of life-saving assistance across north-east Nigeria, far-north Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Nearly 2.4 million people are displaced with fresh waves of violence and human rights abuses resulting in thousands arriving into congested sites on a weekly basis. Destruction of infrastructure and limited access to basic services due to insecurity have resulted in people having limited or no access to food, water, shelter, health, education and protection leaving them dependent on aid and in need of assistance to rebuild their communities and their ability to provide for their families.

Political attention must remain focused on the ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. Despite efforts to date, the level of acute emergency needs continues to exceed available resources. Renewed support is needed to empower affected communities as agents of their own change and build on existing coping mechanisms. In order to bend the vulnerability curve and bring communities on to the path of sustainable development, community led resilience and development-orientated activities need to be scaled up in parallel to urgent life-saving assistance.

Three Pronged Approach: Harnessing Support for Lake Chad Communities on the Path Towards Peace and Sustainable Development

This short paper was developed by the regional NGO Forums to complement “Supporting the Lake Chad Communities on the Path towards Peace and Sustainable Development”, a statement endorsed by 43 organisations providing multi-sectoral support in affected regions across north-east Nigeria, the Far North of Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Whereas the ten requests in the statement directly target the governments of the affected countries, this paper sets out concrete recommendations for all actors, including, but not limited to, governments, non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations, traditional and non-traditional donors, to action the requests. The paper recommends a three pronged approach of 1) building around community 2) safeguarding protection and 3) enabling environment that needs to be urgently implemented to simultaneously save and rebuild affected populations’ lives.

Plan International
Original Publication Date: 
30 Aug 2018
Document type: 
Communication Materials