Strengthened national leadership has been reflected in the government’s financial commitment to the humanitarian response mainstreamed through existing funding mechanisms. Whilst not the focus of this document, the Nigerian government has developed its own “mirror HRP” for the 7.1 million people it is targeting for assistance. Budgetary provision for over half of the 14 million in need in the 6 most affected states will be made through MDAs to alleviate hardship and to rebuild broken infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, schools, hospitals etc. Staff within the Ministry of Budget and National Planning are working hard to disaggregate the spending within the 2016 and 2017 budgets. A guide figure of State and Federal spending as part of the humanitarian response is anticipated to be in excess of $1 Billion.

The Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) was set up as the operational arm of the IMTF coordinating response efforts. In the last quartile of 2016, coordinated plans relating to the 2016 United Nation’s Humanitarian Response Plan were developed and the platform for ensuring the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan is supported and aligned with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) humanitarian and development strategies, was secured.

On the tide of raising awareness and growing concern about the unfolding crisis, the humanitarian response was scaled up rapidly in the last quartile of last year and the 2016 humanitarian response was successfully achieved.

1. The establishment of the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) in record time
2. Establishment and operationalization of the Nigerian HCWG
3. Development of the 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview – Humanitarian Response Plan (HNO-HRP)
4. The National Bureau of Statistics taking a central role to ensure verifiable data
5. The organization of strategic meetings with MDAs, international organizations and donor and diplomatic communities
6. High-level Emergency Directors’ Group
7. The high-level mission of WFP Executive Director
8. Synergies harnessed between Federal and State actors with international partners
9. International representation/visibility
10. Private Partnerships and collaboration
11. Raising awareness of the humanitarian crisis within the general population in Nigeria