iMMAP in 2016, began its information management activities to support the humanitarian response in northeast Nigeria. The Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states of the northeast region of Nigeria continues to suffer from conflict and insecurity which has led to high levels of displacement, loss of livelihoods, halted agricultural production and caused a major protection crisis. Current statistics from the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) estimate that 8.7 million people across the BAY states require some sort of humanitarian intervention.
Through the support received from the American People through USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), iMMAP continues to provide information management (IM) support to the partners across three states. iMMAP provides IM services to OCHA and sector and working group members, the Borno State Agency for the Coordination of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response (BoACSDHR), the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), and University of America in Yola, Adamawa state.
iMMAP in Nigeria works directly with BoACSDHR and humanitarian partners to provide capacity strengthening in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. Furthermore, iMMAP has an ongoing memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UNIMAID on the implementation of our IM capacity development and internship program for new graduates. This internship program provides a career path for graduates in the area of humanitarian IM. Through this program, successful interns are able to gain employment with iMMAP and other humanitarian partners.
iMMAP in 2021, successfully developed the Humanitarian Information Analysis Unit (HIAU), where we deploy skilled information management officers (IMOs) to provide support to partners working in coordination with OCHA. These IMOs collect and consolidate data, support assessments and analyses, design information products, facilitate training sessions, and provide co-leadership on certain initiatives. These activities provide access to quality, reliable, and timely data that support targeted humanitarian coordination among aid providers and responders.
The purpose of this project activity is to provide effective information management services to all humanitarian sector partners in support of the humanitarian response in Nigeria, thus facilitating the inter-cluster/sector coordination and enhancing the response capacity of Nigeria humanitarian actors.
The Nigeria INGO Forum (NIF) provides a joint platform for INGO members to promote a collective approach to efficiently and effectively coordinate interventions and address key issues of common interests, and provides a coordinated approach through which INGOs, the Government of Nigeria (GoN), the UN, donors and other external stakeholders can exchange information and shared expertise, and establish guidelines for a more coordinated, efficient and effective use of aid resources in Nigeria. In a recently signed agreement, iMMAP acts as the Hosting Agency until October 2022.
Through this project funded by the United Nations Development Programme, iMMAP aims to create a directory and information management system (DIMS) for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) engaged in the provision of services to affected populations within the eight affected regions included in the Regional Stabilization Strategy of the Lake Chad Basin.
Before the iMMAP SBPP secondment joined the Logistics Cluster team in Maiduguri, GIS support was provided by WFP HQ. This was not sufficient. The Cluster needed a GIS expert on the ground as part of the team. When the iMMAP SBP joined, all the demands for mapping products were fulfilled to high satisfaction, and capacity strengthening of partner organizations has since become a standard activity.
iMMAP deployment has supported the Education in Emergencies Working Group in building the capacity of the partners in various information management aspects including information sharing, reporting, enhanced needs analysis and more coordinated education response. It has strengthened the system of coordination and let to the transfer of key skills to partners.
Charles Michael Mwangi Education Sector Coordinator. Maiduguri, Nigeria
We highly appreciate iMMAP support towards capacity building in information and knowledge management to partners. Please keep up the good work!
Shafiq Muhammad Health Sector Coordinator, WHO. Maiduguri, Nigeria