Since September 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid (SDC/HA) has contributed to programmes in response to the Northeast crisis provoked by the Boko Haram armed insurgency group.
The Humanitarian Aid Unit of the Swiss Embassy in Abuja, composed of a Humanitarian Advisor and a National Programme Officer, oversees Switzerland’s humanitarian portfolio in Nigeria. SDC/HA financial support is provided to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations (UN) agencies and International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs). Over CHF 70 million in humanitarian aid have been provided by Switzerland in Nigeria since 2014.
Thematic areas of focus include food assistance, livelihood, protection and education in emergencies within Nigeria. While funds are primarily allocated for emergency assistance, support is also provided for initiatives that contribute to longer term solutions to internal displacement, local institutional capacity-building, and the promotion of localization of aid in line with Switzerland’s Grand Bargain commitments.