The mandate of the Inter – Ministerial Task Force (IMTF) to create a platform to support the Government of Nigeria’s humanitarian response led to the creation of the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).

Since the establishment of the IMTF and the creation of the ECC, a concerted, coherent and a coordinated response to the humanitarian crisis has emerged. The end of the year 2016 saw an unprecedented scale up of activities especially the scale up in food provision and distribution in the North East under the coordination of the ECC. Likewise, the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) was developed and fed into the formulation of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

Like the 2016 HRP, the 2017 HRP will focus humanitarian community capacity on responding to the most urgent lifesaving needs. However, of the 14 million people in need, the international community has committed to assist 6.9 million people leaving 7.1 million people to be catered for by the Government of Nigeria. The 2017 strategic plan aims to support life-saving activities and alleviate suffering of the most vulnerable people; enhance access to humanitarian assistance and protection services and foster resilience and durable solutions for affected people.

The humanitarian response in Nigeria has been limited by a number of challenges. Funding deficiencies as well as lack of access by humanitarian actors to populations in need due to insecurity are the paramount challenges that restricts the full implementation of the humanitarian relief plan.