Past eventResearch Event

Boko Haram's Violent Extremism: Assessing the Humanitarian Consequences

4 February 2016 - 17:00 to 18:00

Chatham House, London


Toby Lanzer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel 
Chair: Dr Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme



Despite gains made by Nigeria’s national security forces and the regional Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), the Boko Haram insurgency has created a humanitarian crisis around the borders of the Lake Chad Basin countries, which requires a well-resourced and well-coordinated response. A year after hundreds of Nigerians died in the Baga massacre, the continuing threat from violent extremism serves to exacerbate problems in a region already afflicted by food insecurity and underdevelopment.

At this meeting, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer will examine the humanitarian consequences of the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and will discuss how the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is supporting humanitarian efforts in the Lake Chad Basin.