At the time of the STAIT mission in February 2016, approximately 3.9 million people were affected by crisis, with 3.4 million people at risk of becoming food insecure. 700,000 children under the age of 5 faced acute malnutrition. Chad also hosts more than 378,000 refugees from the Central African Republic, Nigeria, and the Sudan.
The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) invited the STAIT to conduct a mission which highlighted the following areas where improvements can be undertaken:
- Linking relief and development, and the role of leadership in this process
- Strengthening collective leadership on the centrality of protection
- Establishing collective Accountability to Affected people (AAP) mechanism
- Coordination and delivery adaptability
The team included representatives from Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Interaction, UNDP, UNHCR, and WFP. The mission members conducted meetings, workshops, and interviews with over three hundred people in N’Djamena, Baga Sola, and Goré. This included group meetings and bilaterals with the national and local authorities, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism, national and international NGOs, donors, and affected population.
At the end of the mission, the STAIT supported the HCT to develop an action plan based on key issues and good practices identified during the mission. The plan sets out a series of actions for implementation by the HCT, including:
- Implementation of coordinated and comprehensive recovery and transition programmes
- Development of an HCT Centrality of Protection strategy
- Establishment of a common feedback mechanism for accountability to affected people
- Strengthening of communication between the national and sub-national levels, with increased support of leadership to field actors
- Development of a collective plan for emergency response preparedness