German Government increases its Support to the Lake Chad Region
Recalling the Lake Chad Conference in BerlinJuly 30th, 2019
The representatives of certain provinces in Nigeria, Niger Chad and Cameroon met for two days in a row, from July 16th until 18th 2019, in order to discuss the measures that need to be taken to stabilise the Region. After the Forum, the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the African Union adopted a regional strategy to implement the decisions.
Since 2017, Germany, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has been supporting the Lake Chad Region’s efforts to overcome one of the most complex crises in the world. Not only eight provinces in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have to deal with droughts and famines, the area has also been afflicted by the acts of violence of the terrorist group Boko Haram for ten years, who carried out a systematic ethnic and religious cleansing.
As a “co-chair and founding member of the Consultative Group on Prevention and Stabilisation in the Lake Chad Region”, Germany has announced that it will provide an extra 40 million in order to help the region and improve local living conditions. Moreover, the Country stressed the need to foster and strengthen regional cooperation among the provinces involved in the crisis, pointing out the importance of local initiatives.