The conflicts in northern Mali and the Lake Chad crisis have caused major population movements towards the Diffa and Tillabéry regions. ACTED is responding to the humanitarian needs of particularly vulnerable displaced populations, whose influx is weighing on pre-existing basic services and natural resources of the host populations. ACTED teams have been operating in Niger since 2010, implementing programmes to ensure people’s access to water and sanitation services as well as providing support to build economic and agricultural resilience.
Niger is facing a volatile humanitarian situation and an unstable security environment. Several challenges are combined in this Sahelian country: on the one hand, structural crises, such as chronic food and nutritional insecurity, droughts or floods; and on the other hand, security crises causing major population movements, as the conflict in northern Mali or the Lake Chad crisis. Displaced populations, present in the Diffa and Tillabéry regions, are particularly vulnerable. Additionally, the daily life of host communities is further complicated by the scale of displacement, which affects pre-existing basic services and natural resources.
The humanitarian community emphasizes emergency actions to ensure dignified living conditions for the population. Humanitarian actors are also developing recovery actions to strengthen the resilience of affected populations.
Since 2010, ACTED has been mobilizing alongside the most vulnerable populations affected by different crises, in order to meet their basic needs while strengthening their resilience capacities.
In Tillabéry and Diffa regions, ACTED provides access to water and sanitation services to displaced people and host communities and organises infrastructure maintenance to ensure its sustainability. Distribution of shelter kits and non-food items are coordinated, as well as awareness-raising sessions on best hygiene practices to help prevent epidemics.
Simultaneously, ACTED aims to strengthen the economic resilience of the most vulnerable people by providing training and support to the beneficiaries of its projects in launching income-generating activities. Within this framework, ACTED promotes agricultural recovery by introducing farmers to new techniques and providing them with agricultural inputs, which also contributes to food security in the region.
Basic food support and prevention of malnutrition, Kablewa
Promote durable living conditions through multi-sectorial approach for Malian and Nigerian refugees, Nigerien returnees, displaced and host communities in Niger
Emergency project in water, sanitation and hygiene, BNA and shelters and coordination on the Diffa region
WASH, BNA and shelters and coordination in Diffa