The Regional Humanitarian Fund for West and Central Africa allocates $ 12.5 million to support the humanitarian response in Niger – Niger

Niamey, December 7, 2021 – The Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger, Ms. Louise Aubin, approved the sum of $ 12.5 million from the Niger envelope of the Regional Humanitarian Fund for West and Central Africa (RHFWCA ), to support the multisectoral emergency response to the most critical humanitarian needs, in line with the priorities of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2021.

This first allocation from RHFWCA under the Niger envelope will finance 22 integrated and / or multisectoral emergency projects that will contribute to the intensification of emergency humanitarian operations focused on cross-border areas, including the tri-border area (Niger , Burkina Faso and Mali), the Lake Chad basin (Niger, Chad and Nigeria) and the Maradi region (Niger and Nigeria). It will mainly target displaced people and host communities affected by recent conflicts, transhumance problems and the impact of global warming in the most marginalized and hard-to-reach areas.

Niger is faced with a complex and multifaceted humanitarian emergency marked by insecurity and the persistence of violence against civilians perpetrated by non-state armed groups and the effects of endemic poverty. The humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate. According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, floods following heavy rains this year affected 250,331 people (32,833 households) and caused 77 deaths across the country. In addition, at least 5,469 people have been affected by cholera in six of the country’s eight regions.

“This allocation comes at a time when the country’s HRP 2021 remains underfunded with only 41% of identified needs covered to date. It will allow front-line humanitarian actors to cover the most critical humanitarian needs in the priority regions of Diffa, Maradi, Tahoua and Tillabéri, ”explained Ms. Aubin, who also expressed her immense gratitude to donors for their trust in the Fund. regional humanitarian aid. It is a flexible funding instrument for an efficient, rapid and coordinated humanitarian response, ”said the Humanitarian Coordinator.

By focusing on non-governmental organizations, with particular attention to national and local actors, this allocation will contribute to efforts to localize the humanitarian response and strengthen humanitarian access in the targeted regions. The priority sectors are: emergency shelter and non-food items, water, hygiene and sanitation, education, nutrition, protection, health and food security.

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Niger targets 2.1 million of the most vulnerable people out of 3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 54% of those in need. As of December 6, 2021, $ 214.8 million (41% of funds required) had been mobilized by HRP out of a total amount required, estimated at $ 523.2 million.

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