The French Embassy Organizes a Workshop for Emergency and Peace building Humanitarian Actors
On Thursday 7th of December 2017, the French Institute of Abuja hosted a crosscutting and innovative workshop gathering humanitarian and peace building partners working to respond to the crisis in the North-East.
Particularly sensitive to the crisis in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria, the French Embassy has been supporting the humanitarian community for several years now. Spurred by the possible complementarity between Emergency and Peace Building actors, the Embassy organized a workshop gathering its operational and institutional partners in order to exchange and discuss possible areas of collaboration between the two sectors in providing optimized assistance to populations in the North-East.
The initiative, relayed by the presence of representatives from the European Union (EU) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was an opportunity for Emergency actors (Action Against Hunger, Islamic Relief France, Solidarités International, First International Emergency) to sit at the same table with Peace Building NGOs (International Alert, Search for Common Ground). Most importantly, it was the opportunity to learn more about each actor’s projects and strategies; identify points of convergence between them; and to discuss the added-value of shared initiatives on the field for an improved, combined response to the beneficiaries by means of surveys, community consultations, awareness building, etc.
2018 will probably see a more combined effort between these humanitarian actors in their bid to offer a better response to the most vital needs of the populations while also promoting peaceful coexistence between the communities. France remains committed to supporting these humanitarian initiatives.