Strengthening the resilience and reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups and other conflict-affected children in north-east Nigeria

Projekt abgeschlossen

Millions of children suffer from the ongoing conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. Girls and boys are exposed to extreme levels of violence including the recruitment and use, sexual violence, killing and maiming. Many children have lost their families and friends and suffer from the harsh living conditions as a result of the conflict. The project will provide mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) as well as educational and socio-economic reintegration services to victims of violence, with a special focus on child recruits and survivors of sexual violence. It will also provide child protection services to the larger communities to strengthen their resilience and protection environment. The project will strengthen Switzerland’s overall positioning regarding the children and armed conflict thematic debate in the Lake Chad region.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Menschenrechte (inkl. Frauenrechte)
01.12.2017 - 30.11.2019
CHF 1'500'000
Hintergrund Boko Haram violence and counter-insurgency operations in the Lake Chad Basin have resulted in one of the biggest humanitarian crises worldwide. In Nigeria alone 14.8 million people are affected by the conflict and 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 54% of the displaced and affected population are children. In Borno State alone, 1.38 million children have been severely impacted by the conflict and are in need of assistance, including displaced children and children in host communities. The child protection needs are acute as many girls and boys have been exposed to violence such as the recruitment and use, sexual violence committed by armed groups, the loss of relatives and displacement resulting in deteriorating living conditions. These children need mental health and psychosocial counselling services (MHPSS), as well as socio-economic reintegration support to recover from the trauma and strain of the conflict and to reintegrate into peaceful communities.
Ziele The project aims to enhance resilience and coping mechanisms and create a protective and supportive environment for children, adolescents, as well as their families, affected by the conflict in the North East Nigeria.

25,000 children and adolescents (54% girls) in the North East who have been acutely impacted by the conflict in the North East and who are living in IDP camps, host communities and conflict affected Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • 800 CAFAAG (girls, boys and adults) benefit from economic reintegration support
  • 3,000 CAFAAG and other children facing protection risks (girls, boys and adolescents) access formal and informal education
  • 8,000 boys, girls and adolescents at risk of recruitment and abduction, including survivors of sexual violence access social reintegration services including MHPSS, medical support, FTR and social mediation.
  • 13,200 conflict affected children benefit from MHPSS and other child protection services.



  • 30,000 family and community members access indirect services enabling them to facilitate reintegration and ensure a protective environment for children
  • 400 frontline workers (government social workers, CP staff of NGOs, psychologists and counsellors, teachers and education authorities, religious and traditional leaders) are trained in various skills to support the project.
Mittelfristige Wirkungen Children affected by the conflict in the North East, including those formerly associated with armed groups (CAFAAG) and those subjected to abduction and sexual violence, have enhanced resilience, coping mechanisms and psychosocial wellbeing, live in a protective and supportive environment, with socio-economic reintegration assistance.

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Conflict affected children and adolescents access MHPSS
  • CAFAAG, including children who were victims of armed groups- related abduction and sexual violence, receive educational and socio-economic reintegration support
  • Communities are engaged in dialogue that promotes social cohesion, child protection, acceptance and reintegration of returning children from the Boko Haram
  • Family members are supported through mediation and reconciliation process to provide care for their children
  • Monitoring and reporting of grave violations of children’s rights is strengthened

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

International actors and Cluster system: ICRC, UN agencies (UNFPA, IOM, UNHCR) and Child Protection sub-cluster

National authorities: Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs, Borno State Ministry of Local Government and Emirates Affairs etc.

National NGOs and community-leaders: NEEM, International Alert etc.

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   1'500'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   1'500'000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF  1'500'000

Phase 1 01.12.2017 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)