RECOSOC – Emergency programme for the stabilisation of the G5 Sahel cross-border regions
Both Chad and Niger are countries in which armed conflicts due to scarce natural resources are common. The regions chosen in this project in both countries are border areas strongly affected by climate change, floods, high food insecurity, malnutrition, gender-based violence, as well as forced migration and internal displacements due to armed conflicts linked to the presence of the Boko Haram group in the Lake Chad basin. The increase in average annual temperatures and the gradual decrease in summer rainfall are adversely affecting harvests. In addition, there is a lack of public investment, that would be necessary for development, and weak local governance.
R1: Promote the access of highly vulnerable households to a social protection system.
R2: The access of vulnerable households to basic social services is improved.
R3: Protecting and promoting the livelihoods of vulnerable households through a comprehensive multi-sectoral package.
R4: Strengthening of social cohesion, conflict prevention and management, influencing capacity and relations between the inhabitants of the project municipalities and the decentralised structures and local authorities.
Unconditional cash support
Emergency Material/Input Support for Livelihood Development
Awareness raising on essential family practices, gender equity, gender-based violence and climate change
Screening of children for malnutrition and referral to care facilities when necessary
Conditional cash support in the form of CFW/CFL
Support for the 16 vulnerability monitoring systems already in place (feedback of information, even across borders, to the level of the municipalities)
Establishment of 7 law shops to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) for the benefit of 40,806 women
Promotion of birth registration through collaboration between local authorities and community relays
Support to women and youth for the development of IGAs
Support for the creation/support of savings-credit groups
Support for agro-sylvopastoral, fisheries and craft production
Cross-border experience exchange visits
Training on conflict prevention and management for the benefit of different stakeholders
Workshop with authorities for peace building / social cohesion
Conducting and updating conflict analyses
The target groups are 19,248 very poor and vulnerable households (including refugees, returnees and displaced persons) in the 9 targeted communes. These households will directly benefit from a change in their living conditions as a result of the improved social and community situation. Among these households, a total of 3,956 households will receive a full package of project activities. Participants with the full package will be identified during the first two months of the project, targeted according to HEA and other discriminating criteria (presence of persons living with a disability in the household, female head of household, household size, number of children < 5 years, number of pregnant and lactating women). The average size is estimated at 6 persons per household. A system for checking participants lists will be put in place to mitigate the risk of exclusion. The same households will be targeted for all the actions, some of which will focus more specifically on a certain sector of the population, in particular women and children.
Niger: Regions of Agadez and Diffa; Chad: Lake Provinces and Kanem
06.12.2019 – 05.12.2023
Improving food and nutritional security and social cohesion in the most fragile regions of Niger and Chad
SO 1: Strengthen the livelihoods of agricultural and pastoralist populations by building resilience to food and nutrition insecurity in a sustainable and structural way.
SO 2: Improve social cohesion and community conflict management related to natural resources in Niger and Chad.