Addressing immediate needs and long-term development goals
In the Lake Chad region, a combination of extreme poverty, climate change and violent conflict has put more than 10 million of the region's 17.4 million people in urgent need of life saving assistance. The situation has created a fertile environment for the terrorist organisation Boko Haram to recruit vulnerable and unemployed young people, further deepening the crisis. This is a massive humanitarian emergency, as well as a daunting development challenge, spanning from lack of education and jobs to absence of basic services, that can only be tackle through a holistic response.
To address both short-needs and long-term development objectives, UNDP helped established a Regional Stabilisation Facility for Lake Chad, a multi-million dollar fund to scale up the range of stabilisation interventions in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The facility will serve as a rapid response mechanism to support the local authorities curtail the terrorist group Boko Haram’s insurgency – by restoring and extending effective civilian security, improving the delivery of basic services, and providing employment opportunities for local populations in the region. The aim of this integrated response is to help reduce household level poverty and combatting radicalisation and recruitment of young people into terrorism groups. UNDP is currently also developing a stabilisation programme for the Liptako Gourma Authority, a regional jurisdiction covering the contiguous areas of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.