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ACTED has been present in Nigeria since 2017 with a coordination office in Maiduguri. The teams are supporting displaced and conflict-affected populations in the north-east of the country. The NGO provides emergency assistance to the most vulnerable populations through a variety of activities, such as building emergency shelters, distributing non-food items, assisting in the management of camps for displaced persons or providing logistical support.

Mission context

As it reaches its ninth year, the conflict in north-east Nigeria has led to widespread displacement, affecting indiscriminately people who live in vulnerable areas.To this date, up to 1.9 million people have fled their homes and more than 20,000 lost their lives. Mass displacement have forced people to abandon their crops and livelihoods, resulting in a food and nutrition crisis which has led to alarming rates of hunger and malnutrition. The fighting has caused large scale destruction of private and public infrastructure, including damage to more than 1,200 schools.

The most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe have an estimated 8.5 million people in need of life-saving assistance, more than 50% of whom are children. Reaching all people in need remains the biggest challenge as high levels of insecurity and restricted access persist. Vulnerable populations are in critical need of humanitarian assistance including education, food, water, sanitation, protection, shelter, and health services.

ACTED in Nigeria

In early 2017, ACTED opened an office in Nigeria to support displaced and conflict-affected populations in the north-eastern part of the country. Currently, our projects focus on assisting displaced persons, returnees, and host communities in Mafa, Jere, Dikwa, and Damaska in the following sectors:

  • Shelters and non-food items: Construction of temporary emergency shelters and distribution of non-food items (e.g: bedding material, cooking utensils, and hygiene products). Shelter reinforcement kits have also been provided to rehabilitate damaged shelters.
  • Camps coordination and camp management: Support and organisation management mechanisms in internally displaced persons camps, including communication with affected communities, risk mitigation actions plans, and camp maintenance.
  • Logistics: Management of common storages in the logistics sector for the wider humanitarian community operating in the area.

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