Crossing the divide
17th to 18th April 2018-03-12

Led by the Government of Nigeria with the support of the international community, the humanitarian response to the crisis in NE Nigeria has undergone a rapid scale-up over the past 2 years and during 2017 6.9 million people in the region were targeted for life-saving assistance. The high level of humanitarian need will continue during 2018 and is expected to extend into 2019 and possibly beyond. In a world of limited resources, priorities must be set. In 2017, the response to the Humanitarian Resource Plan (HRP) was exceptionally high (at 70% of the $1.1bn appeal) largely due to the overwhelming response at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region. Nonetheless, not all humanitarian needs could be met and available resources were targeted where the need was thought to be greatest. Needs will be similarly prioritized in the 2018 HRP and resources targeted accordingly.

The extent and duration of future humanitarian need will depend on security and political developments, and on the ability of the Government of Nigeria and its national and international partners to support stabilization, early recovery and durable solutions to forced displacement (referred to collectively as “recovery” in this paper). In turn, the success of recovery interventions is at least partly contingent on the ability of humanitarian and recovery actors to work together by bridging the humanitarian-development nexus to support a sustainable transition away from humanitarian dependence, be possible.

Broadly put, humanitarian response in the NE is planned, coordinated and delivered through a combination of government-led and international community mechanisms with the Emergency Co-ordination Centre (ECC) at the heart of joint efforts. The International Community-led system, which is managed by the Humanitarian Country Team, falls under the purview of the Federal Government and coordinates with government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. All humanitarian response to the NE is contained within the HRP, while the government-led response is shaped by the ERGP.

Recovery-related mechanisms are currently less developed but are led by Federal Government by various mandated government entities. In the NE this is the North East Development Corporation. State-level entities in turn work with the NEDC and locally present international development partners to respond to needs set out in the RPBA and Buhari Plan.

The official launch of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018 took place early February at a series of high-profile events at the Sheraton Conference Centre in Abuja led by Dr. Alakija, Nigeria’s Chief Humanitarian Coordinator (CHC) and the ECC, under the auspices of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in close collaboration with UNOCHA. Following the launch, a National Conversation has been scheduled “Beyond the immediate NE Humanitarian Crisis” linking with national development priorities. Undertaking a stocktake of humanitarian and development programmes in the region, identifying donor involvement, consideration of global best practice and making recommendations on how to achieve this required level of coordination between humanitarian and recovery actors in NE Nigeria are the challenges to be addressed by the event to be convened by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in April 2018.

Using NE Nigeria as a test case, the purpose of the event will be to:

· Delineate donors’ involvement in the region and what they are funding (in light of Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region)
· Consider current global best practice (re recent events in Somalia as World Bank, UN OCHA and UNDP heads converged begin the wider conversation on New Way of Working (NWoW)
· Formulate concrete recommendations to bridge the humanitarian action – sustainable development nodes in the context of the crisis. All with a view to equity of provision and preventing duplication and overlap.

For visa purposes, the ECC is willing to provide invitation letters for participants attending the conference from outside Nigeria. Please contact the ECC Secretariat via mail:

For Accommodation:
The following hotels are recommended and can be booked for the attendee. However, payment for accommodation and in-city transport is the responsibility of the attendee

1. Transcorp Hilton Hotel
2. Sheraton Hotel
3. Nordic Hotel