Despite the attention received when NRC named Cameroon the second most neglected crisis in the world in 2020, as of September 2021, only 29 per cent of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) had been funded.
Since 2014, attacks by Boko Haram insurgents have continued to force massive population displacements in Cameroon’s Far North region. In the Southwest and Northwest regions, an internal crisis has been unfolding since 2016, leading to the internal displacement of 573,000 people, and 71,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria. In December 2020, following election violence in Central African Republic (CAR), an additional influx refugees arrived, joining those already in Cameroon since 2014. More than 342,000 refugees from CAR are currently in the East and North regions of Cameroon.
People we helped in Cameroon in 2021
NRC opened its country office in April 2017 in the Far North region of Cameroon. This was followed by an office in the South West region in June 2018, and a sub-office in North West region in March 2019. In these areas, NRC is providing integrated multi-sector assistance, covering emergency needs and linking them to recovery interventions. In addition, NRC opened a sub-office in the East region in July 2019 to provide information, counselling and legal assistance to refugees from CAR.
We collaborate with communities and local authorities to support children’s access to quality education. Our education teams:
- train primary school teachers in psychosocial support, inclusive education, and more
- support access to accelerated education for out-of-school children
- assist in providing emergency resources for vulnerable schools and children to enhance teaching and learning
Livelihoods and food security
We collaborate with communities to ensure conflict-affected populations can improve their food security and revive their livelihoods. Our teams:
- distribute cash so that displaced people can access food and other basic necessities
- distribute small livestock, seeds and agricultural inputs, and ensure access to water
- train youth and adults in income generating activities and provide them with cash grants for start-up of activities
- train women and men in food processing and improved agricultural techniques
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
We collaborate with communities and local authorities to ensure conflict-affected populations can exercise their rights. Our ICLA teams:
- provide information, counselling, training and legal assistance on legal and civil documentation, as well as promoting security of tenure and claiming other housing, land and property (HLP) rights
- train local entities involved in childbirth registration, as well as HLP and dispute resolution
- lead a working group on HLP, coordinating with actors to ensure that HLP is integrated as cross-cutting
- provide technical support to the humanitarian community
Shelter and settlements
We collaborate with communities to ensure conflict-affected populations have access to safe and dignified housing and learning environments. Our shelter teams:
- support displaced populations with emergency shelter kits and essential household items
- support those experiencing protracted displacement with transitional housing support and essential household items
- support returnees with technical and material support to (re-)construct their homes
- construct and/or rehabilitate emergency and longer-term learning environments for students
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion
We collaborate with communities and local authorities to ensure conflict-affected populations have access to adequate water and sanitation services as well as adequate hygiene items and services. Our WASH teams:
- support displaced people with access to water by rehabilitating/constructing boreholes and supporting councils with spare parts and maintenance toolkits
- construct emergency institutional and family latrines in emergency and recovery settings
- support learning environments with access to water and sanitation, and provide hygiene promotion
- conduct hygiene promotion activities, including on cholera and Covid-19 prevention, as well distributing essential hygiene items, including menstrual hygiene kits to women and girls
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
- Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
- German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO)
- French Development Agency (AFD)
- Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)
- European Union Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA)
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- Innovation Norway
- International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
Contact NRC Cameroon
Country directorElena Vicario
Phone+237 685 135 381
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