The unstable security context worsening the humanitarian crisis
2.7 million people displaced in the North West
7.7 million people in need and in accessible areas in the North West
4.5 million people in need of drinkable water in the North West
390 000 people helped


Since 2009, growing insecurity in North-Eastern Nigeria – Africa’s most populated country – generates continuous population movements and increases already important needs. The State of Borno, craddle of Boko Haram, remains the epicentre of the crisis with 2,7 million people displaced.

Fleeing the attacks of armed groups, the population finds shelter in cities considered safe such as Maiduguri, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL intervenes since 2016. They are surrounded by trenches dug by the army. Without any resources or livelihood, the displaced persons live among the locals – obliged to share their scarce resources – or, for most of them, in camps. These overpopulated camps often become privileged places for epidemics outbreaks (waterborne diseases, cholera, COVID, and so on), rapidly spread among the population.

These last years, there is a continuous increase of the amount of people in need. In areas that are accessible to humanitarian workers, it is expected that the amount of people in need will go from 5,9 to 7,7 million between 2020 and 2021. Access to basic services and resources is critical for the displaced persons and host communities. In addition to the alarming food insecurity, the access to water, sanitation, hygiene and healthcare is unsufficient. This creates an extreme vulnerability for the beneficiaries in case of waterborne diseases epidemics and even more so in the current COVID-19 context.

  • 201 million inhabitants
  • 40% of the population live below the national poverty line
  • 158th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2016
  • Team 18 international staff
    220 national staff
  • Budget 9.5M€

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL intervenes in the cities of Maiduguri, Ngala and Dikwa in the Borno State. We are also able to deploy emergency cholera responses in the States of Adamawa or Yobe. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL approach mostly focuses on the emergency response in water, sanitation, hygiene, food security, shelter and essential household items as well as epidemics prevention and response. Parallel to this emergency response and in spite of growing insecurity in North Eastern Nigeria, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL succeeds in maintaining early relief activities, especially in livelihood support.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams have a strong emergency response capacity. We work in coordination with the healthcare sector in order to fight malnourishment and recurrent waterborne diseases epidemics or COVID-19.

In order to fight cholera epidemics, our team deploys rapid response mechanisms – such as households disinfection, water chlorination and distribution of “cholera kits”. In addition, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL ensures coordination of Borno’s Cholera Task Force and occasionally in the neighbouring states of Adamawa and Yobe.

Our team rely on integrated approaches to respond to vital needs of the population living in remote areas. Our interventions tackle most urgent needs while working on long-term solutions in the same time, for example via the building or rehabilitation of inadequate or faulty infrastructures.

Furthermore, we ensure the durability of access to drinkable water by digging forages, installing generators or solar equipment on facilities.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides training to the community so that they are able to maintain durably the facilities.

Lastly, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL adapted our response on the ground to limit the spread of COVID-19. We deploy awareness campaigns on physical distancing measures for the population in our zones of interventions. We also build new hygiene stations and distribute hygiene kits, among other things.


Implementation partners: ALIMA, INTERSOS, Tufts University

Funders : ECHO, BHA/OFDA, Crisis and Support Center, Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF/OCHA), World Food Programme, UNICEF, Europeaid

Our impact

water sanitation

Access to basic services and infrastructures

224 994 beneficiaries

– WASH and Health: equipment of health centres in water and sanitary infrastructures
– Digging of forages and rehabilitation of water points
– Building, renovation and maintenance of latrines
– Creation anf formation of sanitation committees and distribution of latrine maintenance kits
– Waste management
– Sanitation of arsenic water
– Water quality controls

people helped

Empowerment and resilience of vulnerable populations

16 773 beneficiaries

– Formation to income-generating activities
– Livestock distribution (sheep and goats)
– Distribution of seeds and tools for the revival of agricultural activities

Multisectoral response to emergencies

98 019 beneficiaries

– Distribution of hygiene kits
– Emergency water supply by truck
– Raising awareness of social distancing measures to face of COVID-19
– Construction of hand washing stations
– Hygiene promotion campaigns
– Responses to epidemics within 72 hours (disinfection of homes, distribution of cholera kits, analysis and chlorination of water points, etc.)
– Coordination of the Cholera Task Force of the State of Borno
– Construction of latrines to prevent epidemics
– Distribution of shelter kits
– Shelter construction
– Distribution of essential household kits
– Distribution of food coupons during the off-season

Should you have any questions, please contact Raphaëlle Goepfert.

Raphaëlle Goepfert


At head office