Briefing note

Stabilisation in the Lake Chad Basin: A Humanitarian Perspective

Published 28. Aug 2018
The international community, donors and governments attending the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Basin (Oslo II) must draw clear lines to distinguish humanitarian aid from the political and military elements of stabilisation, and reaffirm commitments to meet humanitarian needs and ensure the protection of civilians.

The crisis in the Lake Chad Basin has entered its eighth year, with nearly 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. An estimated 2.4 million people are still displaced. As the crisis has become increasingly protracted, the states in the region and the international community have begun to adopt and implement stabilisation approaches that aim to defeat non-state armed groups, but also address urgent humanitarian needs.

While a coordinated approach is essential to responding to complex emergencies of this nature, interviews conducted with a wide variety of actors in Nigeria and Cameroon make it clear that stabilisation interventions can have serious repercussions for humanitarian space and the protection of the population.

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