Lake Chad region – Humanitarian crisis - Jean-Marie Le Guen attending Oslo conference (February 24, 2017)


Minister of State for Development and Francophonie Jean-Marie Le Guen is attending today’s humanitarian conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in Oslo.

He will stress the commitment of France and the international community to the countries of the Lake Chad basin, where violence by the terrorist group Boko Haram is sparking a major humanitarian crisis.

France allocated more than €13.5 million in aid to the four countries of the Lake Chad basin in 2016, including more than €9 million for the victims of Boko Haram terrorism. This effort will be maintained over the coming year.

The year 2017 will also see the implementation of the Lake Chad Initiative to carry out development projects in the areas affected by the crisis in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. This initiative, to which the French Development Agency has contributed €5 million, has been given a boost by €31 million in funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund. The environmental aspect of the crisis will be taken into account through support for projects focusing on natural resource management and the rehabilitation of Lake Chad ecosystems.

In the face of this major regional crisis, France remains fully mobilized, particularly in its support for the multinational joint task force fighting Boko Haram.