Humanitarian response in north-east Nigeria

Funds spent in 2018: 16.9 million NOK

The north-east Nigeria crisis, being part of what is referred to as the Lake Chad conflict, has largely been triggered by a regionalized armed conflict and is first and foremost a protection crisis. Despite of over 7 million people of urgent need of assistance and protection, and more than 1.8 million people internally displaced, the crisis is often overlooked by the international community and media. Between November 2018 and January 2019, almost 80,000 people were registered as new arrivals, 87% being women and children

NCA has been operational in north-east Nigeria since 2017 with an office in Maiduguri, Borno.

What we do

Response to GBV is our main focus: In close cooperation with local partners and local coordination mechanisms, NCA pr March 2019 have established 7 Women and Girls Safe Spaces in Borno, North East Nigeria. These are entry points for psychosocial support, livelihood skills teaching and livelihood support, distribution of hygiene kits, including kits for menstrual hygiene. GBV survivors are referred to health clinics where available, and government and NGO health personnel are trained on Clinical Management of Rape.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): To the extent possible, NCA integrates WASH with the GBV response. Activities include rehabilitation and drilling of boreholes fitted with handpumps, repairing and construction of sanitation facilities which include latrine and bathing shelters, disludging of latrines, provision of quality and context appropriate hygiene kits to vulnerable IDP households, and mainstreaming of hygiene into GBV through menstrual hygiene management (MHM).

Where we work

NCA works in the following local government areas (LGAs) in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria: Dickwa, Monguno, Pulka, Chibok, Askira, Maiduguri, Jere and Konduga, and has the potential to expand to other locations as needs are identified and new locations are liberated and made accessible.

Who we work with

NCA is semi-operational: We work with partners where possible, and implement directly where partners are not available. Work is always carried out in close cooperation with community leaders to ensure community involvement and sustainability. Establishing women WASH committees with support from local GBV teams is central in the WASH program.

Presently NCA works with and facilitates capacity building of the following local GBV partners:

  • Ekklesiyar Yan`uwa (EYN)
  • Jireh Doo Foundation (JDF)
  • Federation of Moslem Women Association (FOMWA)
  • Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN)

Results 2018


  • Seven Women and Girls friendly Safe Spaces were established during 2017-2018
  • 20000 beneficiaries were reached 2018


  • 2650 beneificiaries reached in North East, and 9800 beneficiaries reached in the South (finalised project with Cameroon refugees).


Approximately NOK 18 mill in 2018 (MFA and UNHCR). NCA applications to UNICEF and OCHA in autumn 2018 resulted in funds from these institutions in 2019.