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.
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.
In Katsina state, ACTED is leading a consortium of partners to put food security and land use management at the heart of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus though our THRIVE flagship initiative. Towards Holistic Resilience in Vulnerable Environments is a framework that brings communities together to tackle agricultural issues and manage resources in an environmentally sound way.
Maiduguri city is home to our AGORA flagship initiative that uses data, mapping, and stakeholder engagement to design community led disaster risk reduction and urban resilience plans. This strengthens ties across and between communities and sectors, and helps local authorities and local leaders plan for and mitigate risk in the city.