Humanitarian Aid in Nigeria through Dutch Relief Alliance

The ongoing human insecurity in North East Nigeria has escalated since 2013. The increasing attack by insurgencies continues to create an urgent humanitarian situation in the country. Concerns about food are the number one priority need.

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A majority of the 2.1 million internally displaced persons (IDP) are women and children, of which half are under the age of 5 in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Nasarawa, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The situation has a negative impact on household’s food and nutrition and security as many households have lost productive assets and regular sources of livelihood which leave many of them destitute.

Shortage of food
Food is the number one need, regardless of household status. This is evident both through quantitative data on households consumption and expenditure, as well as in priorities discussed in community discussions. Food Security and Households data confirm that the situation is currently most urgent in Yobe, Gombe and Adamawa, where over 90% of both IDP (92%) and host households (96%) experience either moderate or severe hunger.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene
Over a million people is in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Major causes are population displacement and local distortions such as poisoning, vandalising or lack of repair and/or maintenance systems, including poor supply chain for spare parts of water points. Open defecation is also common practice around the IDP camps and host communities, with limited access to latrine. All this constitutes a heightened risk for diarrhoea disease including cholera, while some host community members have discriminated against IDPs in accessing WASH facilities.

Christian Aid Nigeria in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation Netherlands, two local partners (JPRM and JDF), as well as the Nigerian Red Cross and the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) proposes to implement an Integrated Food Security, Non-Food Items and WASH Relief Assistance for 10,000 IDPs/host communities in Adamawa and Gombe States in Nigeria.
Humanitarian Aid in Nigeria through Dutch Relief Alliance

Target group

10,000 Internally displaced people


Emergency relief of the current situation, collaboration with local partners must lead to a sustainable solution to improve food, nutrition, security, and hygiene and eventually the livelihood of the internally displaced persons.

Goals overview

The program aims at:

- Providing and distributing food relief items to IDPs through monthly cash transfer vouchers; provide agricultural inputs; train and provide financial support IDPs to start IGAs
- Capacity building on early warning/response to violence; and reporting and establish a monitoring/reporting mechanism.
- Health and sanitation messaging
- Distributing water treatment items
- A joint WASH planning; rehabilitate water points, construct sanitation facilities, train technicians and provide hand-pump kits and establish WASH committees