Emergency humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria

Delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the crisis in northeast Nigeria.

Contact - Save the Children

Joint response lead

Caroline Scheffer

T: +31 (0)70 338 44 48

E: caroline.scheffer[@]

About the crisis

Nigeria has suffered greatly since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009. The conflict between Boko Haram and military forces in the northeast of Nigeria has escalated to directly affect some 15 million people. More than 20,000 people have been killed and an estimated 4,000 women and girls have been abducted since the conflict began eight years ago.


The conflict has resulted in widespread population displacement. Over two million people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict – an estimated 1.8 million of whom are currently internally displaced. The vast majority – an estimated 80 per cent – of these internally displaced persons take shelter among local host communities.


These population movements have had an overwhelming effect on social and economic stability in the northeast of Nigeria. In recently liberated areas, within refugee camps and among many host communities, there is a severe shortage of basic supplies such as clean water, food and means of livelihood. An estimated 8.5 million people in the most affected areas of northeast Nigeria are classified as requiring lifesaving humanitarian assistance. A further 5.2 million people are currently food insecure.


The Dutch Relief Alliance Response

The Nigeria Joint Response sees seven DRA member organisations work together to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the crisis in northeast Nigeria. The collaboration will continue until the end of 2017 and will directly target more than 215,000 beneficiaries with humanitarian assistance. The action will see:


  • More than 98,000 people receive food, vouchers or cash to meet their immediate food needs.
  • 22,500 people receive seeds and/or agricultural inputs to improve agricultural production and enhance livelihoods.
  • Action to ensure that 65,000 conflict-affected people have safe access to a sufficient quantity of water for domestic use.
  • Measures to ensure that 23,500 people benefit from clean and functional sanitation facilities.
  • Some 58,000 people gain access to critical health services and training on key health