As the largest economy in Africa, and with a population of over 200 million, 60% whom are under 25 years old, Nigeria is both a dynamic and strategically important nation in the region.

The country however struggles with a range of challenges as the economy and society adapt to global trends including changes to the oil and gas markets, climate change, demographic shifts and increased urbanization in mega cities such as Lagos.  Northern Nigeria also sits at the crossroads of two regional crises, with the Sahelian region to the north and west, and the Lake Chad Basin to the north-east. Employment creation struggles to match the fast-growing labour force, leading to stubborn unemployment rates which particularly affect the young.

The decade long insurgency in the north-east of the country is one of the most pressing humanitarian crises on the continent, with over 2 million people displaced from their homes by conflict and instability. Flooding and the effects of extreme weather disrupt traditional farming and grazing patterns and drive communal tensions and competition for resources across much of the nation’s rural hinterland.


ACTED in Nigeria

In 2020....

ACTED is managing 15 camps in Borno State
people supported through food security and livelihoods projects
shelters constructed

In north-east Nigeria, ACTED assists people affected by conflict and instability through provision of Shelter and NFI, food and voucher distributions, nutrition training, and Camp Coordination and Management of multiple sites supporting IDPs. In Maiduguri, capital city of Borno state, ACTED implements a project with partners, city authorities and local communities focused on disaster risk reduction and urban resilience We also manage several logistics hubs in Borno on behalf of the whole humanitarian community.

In north-west Nigeria, ACTED is focused on Food Security and peace building projects that support community cohesion and economic development from our base in Katsina state.

Across the country, our sister organization IMPACT, carries out research and information management to support programmatic responses, and to provide critical data to the humanitarian community.



A female beneficiary collects her NFI kit at an ACTED distribution
ACTED staff lay out NFI kits in preparation for a distribution
ACTED staff organise the distribution of shelter kits

Current projects

Coordinated Action for Multi-Sector Programming in Camp and Out-of-Camp Settings
Coordinated Action for Multi-Sector Programming in Camp and Out-of-Camp Settings