N’Djamena, Chad – November 15, 2018. A consultative meeting on the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Rehabilitation and Resilience of the Areas of the Lake Chad Basin Affected by the Boko Haram crisis, was held from 13 to 15 November 2018 in N’Djamena.
The meeting was jointly organised by the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the African Union (AU). In attendance were representatives of the two institutions, the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) Regional Service Center in Addis Ababa. The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, Executive Secretary of LCBC and Head of Mission of the MNJTF.
Participants deliberated on developments in the Lake Chad region since the adoption of the Stabilisation Strategy on 30 August 2018. While underscoring the progress made by MNJTF in securing the region, the participants underlined the need to consolidate the gains achieved by ensuring the implementation of the Stabilisation Strategy. In this regard, participants reflected on the way forward for operationalising key institutions envisaged by the Strategy. Participants also discussed the political, logistical and financial support needed to steer the implementation of the strategy, possible scenarios relating to the coordination of pillars of intervention, and the importance of integrating strategic communication into the programming and implementation of the strategy, while ensuring that all target groups, key messages and tools reflect the reality of the situation in the crisis-affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin.
Overall, participants agreed on the need to steadily advance the processes of operationalising the structures of the strategy. Proposals were submitted for consideration by the Member Countries of the LCBC at a larger meeting to be convened at a later date.