Overview of the projects

Lake Chad Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery

Restoring stable communities around Lake Chad - RESILAC

Lake Chad’s waterside regions in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have been affected by a large-scale security crisis since 2009. Food insecurity and climate change are complicating this situation, which concerns local populations as well as over 2.3 million forcibly displaced people identified in the region, of which the majority are women and children. In this context, economic activity is severely disturbed and social tensions threaten both local and displaced populations. In addition, for the latter, who are victims of violence and deprived of resources, a return to their regions of origin is compromised by the prevailing insecurity.

The goal of the project is to contribute to the economic recovery and to the reinforcement of resilience to climate change and of social cohesion in the territories of the Lake Chad Basin that are most impacted. It has three components—social, economic and governance. In social terms, it takes the form of psychosocial support for victims of violence. For the economic component, it will create jobs by launching community infrastructure rehabilitation projects and by supporting agricultural micro-businesses and apprenticeships. Finally, towns will be supported in order to improve territorial and natural resource management. As a matter of priority, these activities are targeting women, working men and young people without stable employment, particularly in rural areas. All populations, displaced families and resident, are concerned. The main expected benefits are focused on improving living and security conditions for all populations, mitigating tensions between host and displaced populations, and increasing these communities’ resilience to climate change. The public authorities and organizations of local civil society will also be made stronger by the end of the project.

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Fields of action

Agriculture, rural development and food security
Agriculture, rural development and food security
Decentralization and basic services
Decentralization and basic services
Domestic security
Domestic security
Education and youth employment
Education and youth employment
Energy and climate
Energy and climate
Governance
Governance

Implemented by

European Union, France

Timeframe

2018-2021

Amount

€35.5 million

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