The Lake Chad Region has been severely impacted the Boko Haram insurgency and other related conflicts. The impacts range from massive internal and cross-border displacement, the destruction of social fabric and property, human rights abuses and disrupted public services, and limited capacities of government institutions. The Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin (RSS) provides a robust framework for addressing these complex and urgent challenges. It recognizes the need for a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and coordinated set of national and cross-border efforts.
In May 2018, the Governors of the eight worst-affected areas of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria met in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria to establish the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum for Regional Cooperation on stabilization, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development (“the LCB Governors’ Forum”). The success of the first LCB Governors’ Forum provided contributed to the development of the RSS, which recognized the LCB Governors Forum as an integral part and important vehicle for implementing the RSS.
The Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum is the main platform for cross-border dialogue, cooperation and exchange, and to support ongoing national, regional and multilateral efforts towards stabilisation in the LCB region.