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.
Results achieved in 2019:
– 5 participatory territorial diagnoses were carried out in the project’s intervention areas, involving nearly 4000 beneficiaries
– 959 persons who received psychosocial support (psychological support), and 257 community workers trained in the identification and first aid of persons in a state of psychological distress
– 14 labour-based projects in progress and/or completed, involving 1109 beneficiaries
– 6 local development plans developed or in progress
Photo credit : Philippe Guionie – AFD