THE PROJECT >
The RESILAC project, "Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery of Lake Chad", aims to contribute to the economic recovery and the strengthening of the resilience and social cohesion of the territories of the Lake Chad region most affected by the Lake Chad crisis and by climate change.
Lake Chad is an attractive rural hub in terms of resources and jobs, essential for the lives of the millions of people living in its hinterland. While it is an emblematic area of the threats of climate change and its challenges in poor countries, it is now also at the center of a regional security crisis linked to armed groups. The region's development challenges are therefore multiple: political, socio-economic, ecological, hydrological and governance challenges. For its potential to make a lasting contribution to regional economic development, the emergency measures already deployed will have to be extended by medium-term and more far-reaching actions.
The RESILAC project is an initiative of the European Union and AFD, jointly developed by the NGO Action contre la Faim (lead partner), in consortium with CARE and Groupe URD. The project has benefited from a sustained contribution from CCFD - Terre Solidaire, a privileged partner of the project in Chad and Cameroon, and the participation of several other partners such as Karkara in Niger and Search for Common Ground in Nigeria.
The Four Pillars >
Strengthening human capital and social cohesion, by improving the social cohesion of the population, particularly through support for territorial development and psychosocial support for the victims of armed groups
Economic recovery and resilience of populations, creating jobs on community infrastructure rehabilitation sites and supporting agricultural micro-entrepreneurship and apprenticeships
Institutional strengthening: improving the governance of municipalities for better management of territories and natural resources
Production of knowledge to optimize the quality of project activities in a context of crisis and for decision-making by local actors
Project's structure >
The overall management of the project is ensured by the RESILAC regional office, based in N'Djamena, which is in charge of project management. It ensures the proper functioning, coordination and programmatic coherence of the 4 countries. It is composed of a regional coordinator and regional technical referents in charge of methodological and technical support to each component of the project, as well as experience sharing and capitalization.
In each country, a national coordinator oversees the team implementing the activities, made up of project component managers and field agents.
In terms of institutional governance: in addition to the operational and national steering committees in each of the 4 countries, the project is governed at the regional level by a global steering committee chaired by the European Union.
The project's local partnerships >
The RESILAC project is based on an innovative territorial approach, which involves working closely with stakeholders at the level of each country. This includes in particular:
Community leaders and traditional chieftaincies: Involved from the outset through participatory self-analysis diagnoses aimed at initiating a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the main issues in a given territory, they make a significant contribution to the community animation of collective debates;
CSOs and CBOs: The grassroots community and civil society organizations supported by the project promote citizen engagement in all its forms. They are particularly solicited to support the implementation of activities in the field, so that they can play their role at the heart of territorial development;
Local authorities, deconcentrated technical services and local public or para-public institutions: These actors play a central role in the local development of the territories and also facilitate the implementation of the project.
Finally, the steering committees, which take place on a regular basis, play a major role in the monitoring of the project and allow all project stakeholders to discuss the progress of the project, the context in the areas of intervention, the points of vigilance and proposed adjustments, and the new activities being developed.
Launched in 2018 for a period of 4 years, the RESILAC project operates in 4 geographical areas: the Diffa region in Niger, the State of Borno in Nigeria, the Lake Chad region in Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon. The RESILAC project works with 80,000 direct beneficiaries - with a special focus on youth and women.
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