The Lake Chad region suffers from poor development and economic indicators compared to the averages in the four countries. There are significant gaps in infrastructure, access to basic services is poor, and natural resources and livelihoods are severely impacted by climate change. The situation is exacerbated by insecurity prevailing since 2009 due to insurgent activities that prevents more than 49 million people from attaining their livelihoods in fishing, livestock farming and agriculture.
The project development objective is to contribute to the recovery of the Lake Chad region by supporting regional coordinating and crisis monitoring, connectivity and agricultural livelihoods in selected provinces of the Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Chad, and Republic of Niger.
The overall Lake Chad Region Program development objective is (PROLAC), is to support the national and regional coordination platforms and local capacity building, contribute to restore sustainable rural mobility and connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. It will also promote knowledge sharing and regional dialogue with a data platform hosted at the Lake Chad Basin Commission, while strengthening community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesion activities and labor-intensive public works. PROLAC will contribute to the rehabilitation of rural roads and small transport infrastructure, and will promote productive investments by helping agricultural producers to increase productivity in the polder areas in Chad, the farming of oasis areas in Niger, and in the areas close to the shore of the Lake Chad in the Far North of Cameroon.
- improve the enabling environment for mitigating risks, preventing conflict and reducing poverty around the Lake Chad through a regional coordination and knowledge/monitoring platform;
- improve the connectivity of the remote and underprivileged areas through sustainable investments in rural roads rehabilitation works and small transport infrastructure;
- support the recovery of agricultural livelihoods with the help of targeted productive and agriculture investments (polders, oasis and ponds); and
- (iv) strengthen community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesions activities and Labor-Intensive Public Works (LIPW).
INTERVENTION AREAS OF THE PROJECT:
Cameroon (Far North Region), Chad (Lac, Kanem, Hadjer Lamis, and Chari Baguirmi) Niger (Diffa and Zinder Regions)
The project will focus on communities in selected intervention areas surrounding Lake Chad that have experienced negative impact due to the consequences of the Boko Haram crisis and/or other FCV conditions and climate change. The total number of project beneficiaies is estimated at 213,000 direct beneficaires and 1,450,000 indirect beneficiaries.
PROJECT TOTAL COST:
US$ 170.00 million
The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA)