With peace gradually returning to the northeast, especially in areas where the government has established regrouped super camps and bases, the importance of social protection interventions is critical. The organization’s interventions will aim to reduce visible social and economic risks, which have increased the possibility of increased protection concerns and the vulnerability of communities and locals to recruitment into violent extremism.
For the next five years, the organization’s response will focus on comprehensive poverty alleviation. This will be achieved through unconditional cash transfers to extremely vulnerable caregivers, economic livelihood skills training, start-up kits, and seed grants for trained beneficiaries, and capital to help existing businesses grow. The organization believes that economic transformation of the affected population will increase circulation of money, increase the purchasing power of poor households, and boost economic growth.
GSF will hire field staff directly from the communities where it works. The focus will be on reducing poverty by directly supporting income-generating activities and providing productive support. This will also improve food security by providing direct access to increased quantity, quality, and diversity of food through agricultural skills training and life skills and adolescent sessions.
The long-standing conflict in the region has seriously impacted the lives of the affected population. The recent flooding across Nigeria has further exposed the weaknesses in the existing system and the need for preparedness for future disasters.
To increase their response effort in promoting a safe environment, GSF will plant 5,000 trees over the next five years, raising awareness of climate problems through various methods, including radio, television, social media, and webinars. This will be achieved through house-to-house and community-based approaches, with a focus on Yobe and Borno states.