Inclusive development programme in host areas (DIZA)

Inclusive development programme in host areas (DIZA)

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and implemented by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC) and the French Agency for Development (AFD), the DIZA programme targets vulnerable people in eastern and southern Chad (Mandoul, Moyen-Chari, Ouaddaï, Logone-Oriental, Salamat and Sila). It responds to a request from the Chadian State to intervene on the dynamic of host populations and displaced people (refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons). The action aims to improve the living conditions of local and displaced populations through support for sustainable economic development. Eastern Chad hosts some 322 000 Sudanese refugees in 12 camps and host villages in the regions of Wadi Fira, Ouaddai, Sila, Salama and Ennedi East. The southern regions of Chad host 75 000 returnees, of whom 63 000 live in camps and 12 000 in host villages in the Moyen Chari, Mandoul, Logone Oriental and Occidental regions. The action thus makes it possible to respond to food crises in the short term while reducing factors of vulnerability in the long term, translating the humanitarian-development nexus into practice. It aims to improve access to basic social services, employment and income, local governance and to strengthen the resilience of the populations targeted by the project. The gender dimension is taken into account in all programme components. The project is conducted within the framework of the Sahel Alliance.

Global objective

  • Improve the living conditions of the indigenous populations and refugees/returnees through support for inclusive local development, in order to minimise the factors contributing to inter-community tensions, instability and ultimately the risk of increased forced displacement and conflict

Specific objectives

  • Support access to basic services and social protection tools for all populations (host communities, IDPs, refugees and returnees) through the creation of community investment funds
    Strengthen the creation of economic opportunities and jobs in order to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency
    Strengthen local governance mechanisms by strengthening the technical capacities of the authorities and by creating a dynamic of regular consultation between populations, local authorities and stakeholders

Expected results

  • High intensity of labour force (HIMO) projects for the (re) construction of essential community services
  • Creation of community investment funds for the operation and maintenance of essential community services
  • Improved access to social protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable
  • Acess to micro-credit accompanied, progressive scaling up and consolidation of services
  • Creation of value chains in agro-sylvo-pastoral sectors and development of natural resources
  • Vocational and technical training
  • Capacity building of populations, local authorities and stakeholders in participatory planning, management and accountability, including local finance
  • Cultural exchanges between communities
  • Promotion of refugee law by adopting asylum law, obtaining freedom of movement and settlement, professional freedom, documentation and legal status securing investment and access to land


4 years : 13/12/2017 - 13/12/2021


The project is implemented in the following regions of Chad: Mandoul, Moyen-Chari, Ouaddaï, Logone-Oriental, Salamat and Sila.


558 000 direct beneficiaries:

  • 187 000 refugees in the east
  • 121 000 people in the south, including 71 000 refugees and 50 000 Chadian returnees from the Central African Republic
  • 250 000 indigenous people living in areas with a high concentration of refugees


EUR 21 500 000


  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
  • Members of the Sahel Alliance


  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC)
  • French Agency for Development (AFD)


  • Ministry of Economy and Development Planning
  • National Commission for Assistance to Refugees and Returnees
  • Department for the Protection of Humanitarian Aid and Refugees (DPHR)

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  • Chad


  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Demographic trends
  • Employment & revenues
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Health
  • Livestock & pastoralism
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Natural resource management
  • Poverty
  • Social affairs & social protection


  • Institutions
  • Pastoralists & Agro-pastoralists
  • Poor households
  • Poor workers in the informal economy
  • Refugees
  • Vulnerable small-scale farmers
  • Women
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 2: Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households
  • Pillar 3: Sustainably improve agricultural and food productivity and the incomes of the most vulnerable households and improve access to food
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security


  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 3 SDG 5 SDG 6 SDG 8 SDG 10 SDG 13 SDG 16 SDG 17