Lake Chad Basin Conference, Berlin, 3 – 4 October 2018
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.
Key events, including Oslo I Conference (February 2017), Berlin Conference (September 2017), the first Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum (May 2018), have facilitated substantial progress in terms of political, funding, programming landmarks. A massive scale up of all actors in the response have resulted in many gains including the stalling of famine in north-east Nigeria in 2017 and massively reducing the number of food insecure people from 7.2 to 5 million across the four countries. However, despite commendable efforts, the response continues to fall short in meeting the short term emergency needs, especially of those coming across the borders or from ‘inaccessible areas’, and also the longer term needs of affected populations.
Political attention must remain focused on the ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. There is need to shift to a bottom up approach; humanitarian and development actors, must see communities as their own agents of change and support them to build on existing coping mechanisms to ever-evolving shocks. 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.
|LCB Declaration Paper - Berlin Conference 2018
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