Japan-Funded Emergency Response in Niger

The International Organization for Migration is launching an emergency response project in theTillabeacute;ryregion in Niger with funding from the Government of Japan. The effort is designed to last for nine months and aims to provide1,000 emergency shelters and 1,000Non-Food Item (NFI) kitsto 14,500internally displaced persons (IDPs) and otherconflict-affected households along the Niger-Mali border.

Funding for the project is USD 850,000.

In coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, IOM also aims to improve the living conditions of the crisis-affected population through medical assistance.

Since 2012, theTillabeacute;ryregion in Niger has been impacted by ongoing violence and insecurity in its neighbor, Mali. That has led to the displacement of some 49,000 people throughout Niger.

To tackle the growing insecurity in the region, the Government of Niger declared in June 2018 a state of emergency in five departments ofTillabeacute;ryregion; the inclusion of three other departments in December 2018 resulted in a total of eight departments operating under a state of emergency.

The region’s stateof emergency �coupled withongoing military operations � increases local tensions. Last year, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) recorded 97 security incidents inTillabeacute;ryand the neighboringTahouaregion. Moreover,in theTillabeacute;ryregionfrom January to November 2018, a total of 377 protection incidents were reported,ranging from attacks to kidnappings.

IOM has been present in Niger since 2006 and has been active in emergency responses since 2013, providing shelters and NFI kits. IOM Niger also facilitates, as co-lead together with the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, the coordination of the Shelter and NFI Working Group.

Most of the IDPs in the region are currently living in improvised shelters, close to villages or military barracks in the region. These are shelters improvised under very precarious conditions that lack basic items such as blankets, mosquito nets, mats or hygiene kits.

IOM’s main activities in the region so far have focused on social cohesion and border management. Since 2016, IOM Niger also has been operating a sub-office in theTillabeacute;ryregion’sBaleyaradistrict, as well as inTillabeacute;ryCity since 2018.

Given the continued displacements inTillabeacute;ry, international humanitarian aid is needed more than ever to address the ever-increasing needs of the vulnerable affected populations.

Empowering people to articulate and respond to their own needs and those of others is crucial,rdquo; said PeterKioy, IOM’s Emergency Response Coordinator in Niger. The proposed intervention has been developed such that, in addition to providing immediate assistance to the vulnerable affected population, to contribute to building beneficiaries’ resilience and reducing future risks,rdquo;Kioyadded.

TheProtectionCluster estimates that in 2019, 195,000 persons willbe in need ofprotection in bothTillabeacute;ryandTahouaregions and that access to humanitarian assistance for the affected population will remain achallenge due to security risks and access, especially during the incoming rainy season.

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Japan-Funded Emergency Response in Niger

The International Organization for Migration is launching an emergency response project in theTillabeacute;ryregion in Niger with funding from the Government of Japan. The effort is designed to last for nine months and aims to provide1,000 emergency shelters and 1,000Non-Food Item (NFI) kitsto 14,500internally displaced persons (IDPs) and otherconflict-affected households along the Niger-Mali border.

Funding for the project is USD 850,000.

In coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, IOM also aims to improve the living conditions of the crisis-affected population through medical assistance.

Since 2012, theTillabeacute;ryregion in Niger has been impacted by ongoing violence and insecurity in its neighbor, Mali. That has led to the displacement of some 49,000 people throughout Niger.

To tackle the growing insecurity in the region, the Government of Niger declared in June 2018 a state of emergency in five departments ofTillabeacute;ryregion; the inclusion of three other departments in December 2018 resulted in a total of eight departments operating under a state of emergency.

The region’s stateof emergency �coupled withongoing military operations � increases local tensions. Last year, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) recorded 97 security incidents inTillabeacute;ryand the neighboringTahouaregion. Moreover,in theTillabeacute;ryregionfrom January to November 2018, a total of 377 protection incidents were reported,ranging from attacks to kidnappings.

IOM has been present in Niger since 2006 and has been active in emergency responses since 2013, providing shelters and NFI kits. IOM Niger also facilitates, as co-lead together with the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, the coordination of the Shelter and NFI Working Group.

Most of the IDPs in the region are currently living in improvised shelters, close to villages or military barracks in the region. These are shelters improvised under very precarious conditions that lack basic items such as blankets, mosquito nets, mats or hygiene kits.

IOM’s main activities in the region so far have focused on social cohesion and border management. Since 2016, IOM Niger also has been operating a sub-office in theTillabeacute;ryregion’sBaleyaradistrict, as well as inTillabeacute;ryCity since 2018.

Given the continued displacements inTillabeacute;ry, international humanitarian aid is needed more than ever to address the ever-increasing needs of the vulnerable affected populations.

Empowering people to articulate and respond to their own needs and those of others is crucial,rdquo; said PeterKioy, IOM’s Emergency Response Coordinator in Niger. The proposed intervention has been developed such that, in addition to providing immediate assistance to the vulnerable affected population, to contribute to building beneficiaries’ resilience and reducing future risks,rdquo;Kioyadded.

TheProtectionCluster estimates that in 2019, 195,000 persons willbe in need ofprotection in bothTillabeacute;ryandTahouaregions and that access to humanitarian assistance for the affected population will remain achallenge due to security risks and access, especially during the incoming rainy season.

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM).