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Early stages of recovery between structural and refugee crises

Located in the Sahelian region, Niger faces multifaceted challenges, between a precarious humanitarian situation and security instability: on the one hand, yearly recurrent structural crises like chronical food insecurity, droughts and floods; and on the other hand, security crises such as the conflict in the North of Mali or the Lake Chad region that led to massive displacements of populations. ACTED has responded to the basic needs of the most vulnerable crises-affected populations, while strengthening their resilience capacities.

Populations who fled the security crises in Mali and Nigeria are left without resources and are therefore particularly vulnerable. 56,000 Malian refugees and 240,000 displaced people arrived in the Diffa region, thus exacerbating the already harsh living conditions of local populations. ACTED provided an integrated response to their needs, including solutions to tackle the limited access to water, precarious sanitation conditions, food insecurity and the lack of economic opportunities, thus reinforcing their resilience capacities to current and future shocks.

Ensuring access to water and sanitation in emergencies

Access to water in Niger is a complex issue as such. The massive arrival of newly displaced people placed an additional pressure on an already scarce resource, thus worsening the situation of populations. Refugees, host communities, herders and their cattle overstretch the few existing water facilities. ACTED rehabilitated water points in numerous sites of the Diffa region and provided water by truck for 193 consecutive days in 2016, enabling all communities to meet their household’s needs. ACTED also contributed to improving sanitation by building 330 emergency, family and community latrines, coupled with numerous awareness-raising sessions.

Building the economic resilience of the most vulnerable populations

Most of the people who found refuge in Niger lost their lands and livestock. Most of the time, they had to leave everything behind and are therefore left without their livelihood. Those who settled in the Tillabéry and Diffa regions, curbed by a grim economic situation, are left without any livelihood opportunity. In response, ACTED provided vocational training for youth as well as income generating opportunities, thus strengthening their resilience capacities.

Partners in 2016

Bureau Of Population, Refugees, And Migration (BPRM), Direction Générale pour la protection civile et les opérations d'aide humanitaire européennes de la Commission européenne (ECHO), Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), Haut-Commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM)


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