The security situation in northeast Nigeria, and particularly Borno State, deteriorated significantly throughout 2018. As non-state armed opposition groups made sweeping territorial gains, it became harder for humanitarian organisations to provide life-saving support for vulnerable communities. The spike in violent attacks in the second half of the year saw huge population movements, as people fled into formal and informal displacement sites in garrison towns. Humanitarian conditions in these displacement sites are poor, with overcrowding rife, and regular outbreaks of disease and fire.

Mission context

In this context, ACTED provided life-saving support, both for communities who stayed behind on the frontlines of the conflict, and for those who have fled into displacement camps, reaching over 400,000 people in total.

ACTED in Nigeria

Reaching the most vulnerable on the frontline of the conflict

ACTED’s work in northeast Nigeria focuses on reaching the most vulnerable households living on the frontline of the conflict. ACTED provides life-saving food and shelter assistance to those caught in the crossfire, and who cannot access agricultural lands or markets because of the fighting.

ACTED’s security team conducts 24/7 analysis of the rapidly changing conflict dynamics, ensuring that teams on the ground have real-time information to allow safe, informed access to frontline communities. Through the REACH Initiative, ACTED is also able to maintain up-to-date and reliable information on the shifting humanitarian needs of so-called ‘inaccessible’ communities. This is made possible through regular assessments and proactive information sharing which enables ACTED to plan and launch targeted first-line responses for the most vulnerable communities in hard-to-reach areas.

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

Putting protection at the centre of humanitarian response

Protection is mainstreamed in all ACTED’s interventions in Nigeria. Through valuable partnerships with experts on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Child Protection, and Housing, Land, and Property, the organisation ensures that protection considerations are at the centre of all programming.

Under ACTED’s shelter interventions, the organisation works through referral systems to ensure that people with unmet shelter needs can receive appropriate and dignified support. This also means that displaced people facing land-rights or eviction issues can access the guidance they need from the appropriate organisation. ACTED’s nutrition programming means working closely with child protection partners, given the important link between nutrition and child protection issues. Within ACTED’s work in camp management, the organisation constantly monitors protection threats, vulnerabilities, and capacities to ensure urgent protection concerns in camp settings are quickly addressed.

Current projects

Camp Coordination and Camp Management in Dikwa

To reduce the impact of the most critical risks facing IDPs in GGASS camp in Mafa, through rapid emergency response and mitigation mechanisms

Rapid Response Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Item support for New Arrivals in MMC

Independent third party monitoring to support and optimise the delivery of UK aid in northeastern Nigeria

Critical emergency shelter and non-food item assistance to newly displaced persons in Borno

From Response to Resilience (R2R) in Maiduguri

Emergency Shelter Kits and Non-Food Item support for conflict-affected families in North-East Nigeria

Implementation of Common Storage Service in Dikwa, Borno State

Save lives, reduce severe food insecurity and stabilize the nutritional status of vulnerable conflict-affected families in Kukawa LGA

Integrated Multi-Sectoral Lifesaving Assistance to Conflict-Affected Populations in North-Eastern Nigeria

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