Inclusive economic and social recovery for Lake Chad (RESILAC)

Inclusive economic and social recovery for Lake Chad (RESILAC)

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and the French Agency for Development (AFD), the RESILAC project targets populations in four countries of the Lake Chad basin (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria). While Lake Chad is an emblematic area for the threats of climate change and related challenges, it is also at the heart of a regional security crisis linked to the Boko Haram insurgency. The programme subsidises a consortium of NGOs with a view to contributing to economic recovery and strengthening the resilience and social cohesion of the territories of the Lake Chad basin most affected by the security crisis, climate change and other hazards. The project promotes economic development, social cohesion and the institutional strengthening of local authorities. Women, as key players, will be strongly integrated into RESILAC’s intervention strategy to restore social cohesion and peace in communities and territories. AFD is responsible for the regional co-ordination of the project, which is also part of the Sahel Alliance.

Global objective

  • Contribute to the economic recovery and social cohesion of the territories of the Lake Chad basin most affected by the crisis linked to Boko Haram

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen social cohesion, by supporting territorial development and providing psychosocial assistance to victims of violence
  • Contribute to the economic recovery of the region, by creating jobs on sites to rehabilitate community facilities and supporting agricultural microentrepreneurship and apprenticeship
  • Improve the governance of municipalities for a more effective management of territories and natural resources

Expected results

  • Stronger key stakeholders (especially young people and women) with improved capacity to analyse their environment and constraints, and to take action to address them
  • Improvement of the psychological state and professional integration of the populations affected by the Lake Chad crisis
  • Securing concerted and equitable access to natural resources in certain territories
  • Rapid support to boost the local economy and employment opportunities of young people (and adults)
  • Creation of jobs and sustainable sources of income for rural youth thanks to an efficient education-training system geared towards the local labour market
  • Intensification/diversification of family production systems, including climate change adaptation
  • Improvement of the economic autonomy of target groups through their inclusion in promising sectors
  • A key role played by public authorities, local authorities and local CSOs in the implementation of the project
  • Capitalisation and sharing of success stories and lessons learned with local, national and cross-border actors to inform policies and development action
  • A common and efficient monitoring and evaluation system
  • A dynamic action-research programme capitalising on achievements and co-ordinated by the knowledge manager


4 years : 15/05/2017 - 31/05/2021


The project is implemented in the far north of Cameroon, the Diffa region of Niger, Borno state in Nigeria and the Lake region of Chad.


  • 90 000 direct beneficiaries
  • 1 600 000 indirect beneficiaries


EUR 40 000 000


  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 35 million)
  • French Agency for Development (AFD) (EUR 5 million)


  • French Agency for Development (AFD)
  • NGO consortium

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  • Chad
  • Niger
  • Nigeria


  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Climate, climate change & adaptation
  • Employment & revenues
  • Environment
  • Fisheries & aquaculture
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Health
  • Livestock & pastoralism
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Markets, prices & trade
  • Natural resource management
  • Poverty
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Water & sanitation
  • Youth


  • Artisanal fishermen
  • 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 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
  • Cross-border
  • Regional (West Africa)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 3 SDG 6 SDG 8 SDG 13 SDG 15 SDG 16 SDG 17