|Reporting Organization:||Mission Inclusion|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 1,000,011|
|Timeframe:||April 30, 2021 - March 31, 2022|
|Nigeria - $ 1,000,011.00 (100.00%)|
|Sexual Health & Rights (14.00 %)|
|Mental Health (11.00 %)|
|Infectious & Communicable Diseases (8.00 %)|
|Protection (63.00 %)|
In line with the 2019-2021 Nigeria Humanitarian Response Strategy and the OCHA protection sector, GBV and CP sub sectors, Shelter/NFI sector and Cash Working Groups, the proposed 12-month project is designed to positively impact the lives of 35 000 (25 000 F /10 000 M, including 13 150 girls and 4 000 boys) conflict-affected and displaced persons and indirectly 210 000 (150 000 F / 60 000 M) more individuals living in IDP camps and host communities in Gwoza and Jere LGAs. In Gwoza LGA, available life-saving services in areas surrounding formal camps (but still within the security fence) are much fewer that inside camps, which are full. Returnees and newly displaced arrivals have been populating these areas in high numbers, leading to conditions among informal settlements being worse than those of camps, with a very high level of persons in need. In Jere, informal settlements are overcrowded and also lack services. The three project sites were determined based on GEPaDC operational presence, accessibility, and where there was the highest level of urgent need and gaps in protection services.
The proposed project is an immediate and integrated response to the urgent, life-saving protection and health needs and risks of extremely vulnerable community members, especially conflict-affected women, girls and survivors of SGBV, in Pulka and Gwoza towns in Gwoza LGA, and Shuwari Lambu settlement and nearby Al Yacub camp in Jere LGA. Targeting of sites and communities was based on assessed gaps (primary and secondary sources) in health and protection services coupled with high levels of need and risk to determine the most vulnerable communities. MI and GEPaDC will provide emergency support, protection and health services, including contextually-specific prevention and response activities, so that beneficiaries will be better able to meet their most critical basic needs for food, cooking fuel, shelter and hygiene, filling critical gaps in services — ultimately resulting in a reduction of harmful negative coping strategies which exacerbate vulnerability and place women and girls at further risk. COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies will be integrated into health and hygiene interventions, as well as mainstreamed throughout all project activities. In the first 3 months of the project, MI and GEPaDC will prioritize the most urgent life-saving interventions and responses prior to the “hungry” season, while also immediately engaging in larger constructions (the WGSS, briquette producing machines, WASH facilities, agriculture plot and borehole) prior to rainy season. Health-risk reduction activities and establishing community-based structures will also be prioritized and ongoing. “Sensitive” activities at the WGSS will be sequenced after the third month, and ongoing.
As life-saving needs continue to worsen due to increased insecurity and continued displacement, the project ultimately aims to reduce suffering, preserve dignity and save lives both through targeted individual interventions and by improving community support networks in their capacity to prevent and mitigate future protection and health risks, particularly including men and boys, recognizing that all members of a community have a role to play in mitigating protection risks.
|Gender and age:||Unspecified|
|Total Direct Population:||35,000|
|Total Indirect Population:||210,000|
|1,111||Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) established|
|1,112||Psychosocial activities and case management services|
|1,113||Community based outreach services and protection mechanisms established|
|1,121||Innovative Community outreach activities conducted|
|1,122||At risk women/girls and other vulnerable newly-arrived persons are sensitized and trained on SRHR, rights, GBV|
The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria has overwhelmed the system such that humanitarian actors, governments and other organizations simply cannot keep up with the growing needs of those affected, especially those of women and girls who have been deliberately targeted and exploited by Boko Haram, ISWAP and other patriarchal institutions. Conflict-affected displaced persons and host communities alike face growing risks to their health, safety and dignity as humanitarian and security conditions continue to deteriorate in Borno State. MI and GEPaDC aim to reduce the suffering of displaced persons and vulnerable host community members, particularly women, girls and survivors of SGBV whilst respecting their dignity by responding to their most urgent protection and survival needs, mitigating some of the urgent health and protection risks they face, and preventing future violations from occurring. Our proposed women-led and community based holistic response assumes that if beneficiaries are able to safely meet their basic survival needs regarding food, fuel, shelter, and other essential items (1200) and they are able to protect themselves from the most dangerous health risks they face (1300), while also having a robust, culturally-sensitive, survivor-focused, quality support system in place that addresses the rampant and growing GBV (especially SEA) in Pulka, Gwoza and Jere LGA (Shuwari Lambu and adjacent El Yacoub informal camp) (1100), then those most vulnerable (primarily women and girls) will experience greater respect for their human rights, greater gender equality and improved lives overall for themselves and their families. The key risk to this ultimate outcome is if the social costs (social exclusion, stigma, shame, insecurity, impunity, etc.) of seeking support and services or the costs (domestic violence, denial of resources, etc.) of meeting one’s survival needs outweigh their benefits, women and girls will continue to face barriers that may be too challenging for them to overcome on their own (McCleary-Sill and al. 2015). The proposed project aims to ensure the benefits of receiving services and support will outweigh the costs by making available and improving the quality of these services whilst addressing and diminishing the associated costs at the individual and community levels.
To achieve this, each of the intermediate outcomes will mutually reinforce one another, addressing cultural challenges (Nigerian patriarchal society), socio-economic factors (power imbalance due to inequitable access to resources/assets) and health risks (male privilege regarding access to information, health services and hygiene facilities) at individual and community levels simultaneously. Vulnerability will then decrease among marginalised beneficiaries, allowing an opening for not only improving lives immediately but also for long-term social and cultural changes towards gender equality and respect that have been seen by GEPaDC and MI in similar, recent humanitarian programming initiatives elsewhere in Borno State.