Northeast Nigeria has faced numerous crises over the last ten years, resulting in a protracted crisis. Due to increased number and intensity of attacks by Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs), increased displacement and new arrivals are being witnessed (with trend likely to continue) especially across Borno. The conflict in Northeast Nigeria continues as one of the largest and widespread protection crises, negatively impacting the lives of millions of people affected by the ongoing hostilities, particularly women and children. An estimated 7.1 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance in the BAY states in 2019; out of these 7.1 million, 2.3 million are girls, 1.9 million boys, 1.6 million women and 1.3 million men. A great number of people (more than 800,000 people) continue to live in hard to reach areas in the North East, where access remains limited. The conflict has generated large population movements with current displacement figure standing at 1.95 million individuals. With overcrowded and congested settings, Food, WASH and Shelter remain as predominant needs of displacement affected populations. The nutrition situation also continues to deteriorate with 2.7 million children and women in need of immediate nutrition services. This is further exacerbated by increased constraint on basic services especially water, livelihoods opportunities and food, damaged health infrastructure, poor hygiene, sanitation and IYCF practices.

DRC in Nigeria

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and its technical unit the Danish Demining Group (DDG) have had an operational presence in Nigeria since July 2015. DRC started its operations in the country to respond to crisis in the north-east and currently operates in 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the BAY (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) states, providing assistance to conflict affected vulnerable populations in the areas of Protection, Shelter, WASH, Food Security, Non-food items, Livelihoods, Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) and Humanitarian Mine Action. The response currently focuses on the provision of assistance to conflict-affected IDPs in camp or camp-like settings and among host communities, returnees and host communities. In 2018, our programs supported 248,212 unique individuals in 25 LGAs across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, with a funding portfolio of USD 28.5 million. During 2018, DRC’s emergency team undertook a number of responses across Borno and Adamawa states in coordination with Rapid Response Mechanism Working Group to address needs of newly displaced populations/new arrivals and populations affected by attacks by NSGAs and fire outbreaks. In 2019 and beyond, DRC’s emergency programme will remain highly mobile, to ensure the most critical humanitarian needs are address in a timely manner. As of now, DRC has five main offices in Abuja, Yola, Maiduguri, Damaturu and Mubi and five offices in deep field locations across Northeast Nigeria including Mafa, Ngala, Bama, Pulka and Michika.


The following donors are currently providing financial support to DRC’s operations in Nigeria:

Donor Sector of Intervention

Danmarks Indsamling


Protection and Livelihoods


Department for International Development (DFID)


Protection, Shelter, Non-Food Items and Humanitarian Mine Action


European Union Civil Protection
and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)


Protection, WASH and Shelter


European Commission


Livelihoods and Armed Violence Reduction 


Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)


Humanitarian Mine Action, Livelihoods, WASH and Shelter


Office of Food for Peace (FFP)




Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Protection and Livelihoods


World Food Programme (WFP)


Food Security



UK Aid


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 Danmarks Indsamling Logo


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