The Labondo Local Integration project is a UNHCR pilot project aimed at showcasing that durable solutions for displaced populations in terms of local integration can be undertaken by the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria.
The Labondo Local Integration Pilot Project aims to contribute to the Nigerian Government’s holistic approach to durable solutions for internally displaced persons and Nigerian refugees, returnees of over 454 Households in Adamawa State, promoting local integration while addressing the needs of the host community and promoting social cohesion.
The project is in line with the UN Secretary-General’s action agenda on internal displacement. It takes a comprehensive nexus approach by linking humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding activities.
It aims to provide support that goes beyond short-term assistance to help people rebuild their lives and stand on their own two feet. This includes finding ways to access permanent housing, taking into account the need to strengthen tenure security, economic opportunities, and government services to promote reconstruction, resilience, and inclusion.
Specific outcomes to be achieved through the project include the establishment of functioning structures to coordinate solutions led by the state, the acquisition of permanent housing and the right to own the designated shelters for IDPs, improved access to existing market systems and structures to promote livelihoods and economic inclusion, provision of productive assets for participation in various businesses and other livelihood initiatives, increased short-term labour opportunities for IDPs and host community members, increased capacity at government and community levels to promote durable solutions, empowerment of affected communities, and access to improved services.
The project is currently funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund (NHF), and UNHCR.
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