Cameroon 2019

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

The humanitarian context in Cameroon is currently split between three main fronts: The Central African Republic (CAR) refugee crisis in the East region which started in 2013, the Boko Haram insurgency affecting mostly the Far North region which started in 2014, and the more recent socio-political crisis that has now emerged in both English-speaking regions of Cameroon, namely the South-West and North-West. While both the CAR refugee crisis and the Boko Haram insurgency are external issues that find their roots in neighboring countries (respectively CAR and Nigeria) which had a spill-over effect on Cameroon, the most recent so called "Anglophone crisis" which started as a socio-political unrest in late 2016, has now turned into an internal conflict involving the military and Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG). The humanitarian context in Cameroon is therefore shifting as the two English speaking regions now also require humanitarian assistance as the political and social instability have progressively changed into insecurity and armed violence.

In 2019, IOM will provide vital information to humanitarian actors as to better inform the response and improve the targeting of beneficiaries. It will do so through data collection and analysis for evidence-based decision making (Displacement Tracking Matrix programs, DTM) in both the Far North region and the two English-speaking regions, where the instability and resulting insecurity have triggered important internal displacements. Moreover, the IOM will adapt its approach for the two areas that it intends to be active in, as their dynamics and needs are significantly different: On one hand, in the Far North region, IOM will seek to facilitate the early recovery of returned populations affected by the Lake Chad crisis through access to short-term income and restoration of rehabilitation of key community infrastructure identified through participatory community processes. The engagement of affected populations and local authorities in the restoration of key infrastructure and in the creation of livelihoods opportunities, in part through cash for work on infrastructure rehabilitation, will also contribute to early recovery efforts by revitalizing local governance structures for a more sustainable impact. On the other hand, in the South-West and North-West regions, IOM will setup a rapid response mechanism, complementary to its DTM program as it will be in the forefront, in direct contact with the affected populations, to regularly inform on their most acute needs observed when collecting data. Beneficiaries of IOM’s response will include IDPs for the English-speaking regions and Returnees in the Far North in priority. IOM’s multi-sectoral assistance will include: Protection, Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) and Early Recovery in accordance to the area of intervention.

IOM in Cameroon is an active member of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and the Inter-Sector Coordination Team. IOM is an active member of the Protection, NFI/Shelter and Early Recovery Clusters/Sectors, and also a member of both the Access and Information Management working groups. IOM also works very closely with the host government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX).

Note: the projects below are part of the inter-agency Cameroon Humanitarian Response Plan 2019, and in accordance with Cameroon's Overview of Humanitarian Needs 2019.

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 40,000 direct beneficiaries, 830,000 indirect beneficiaries.
Contact Information: Dr. Boubacar Seybou, Chief of Mission: | +237 671 02 15 57 IOM Cameroon Website | IOM Cameroon Facebook
International Staff:  8
National Staff:  62
IOM Offices: Main Office: Yaounde Sub-Offices: Maroua, Buea Other Locations: Douala and Kousseri
Cameroon Humanitarian Response Plan 2019
Requested 2,800,000 | Received: 900,000 | Percentage funded: 32%


  • Emergency assistance to conflict-affected populations in the Far North region of Cameroon: Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)
    Amount Requested: USD 750,000.00 Amount Received: USD 450,000.00
    Maintain and strengthen the system of data collection in the Far North region of Cameroon through IOM's Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) to support the coordination of humanitarian activities. The DTM aims to provide reliable and up-to-date information on the numbers of displaced populations, displacement trends and reasons for displacement to better assist and inform the governmental and humanitarian response. The assessed groups consist of internally displaced persons, unregistered refugees and returnees. The data will be disaggregated by age and sex. The DTM has the potential to be expanded and/or modified to take into account changes in the regional context.
    Beneficiaries: humanitarian community
  • Emergency Assistance to conflict-affected Populations of the South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon: Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)
    Amount Requested: USD 850,000.00 Amount Received: USD 450,000.00
    The proposed action aims at supporting the coordination and information of the humanitarian community related to the socio-political crisis occurring in the two English speaking regions. IOM aims at continuing the CERF-funded DTM program initiated in the South-West/North-West regions end of 2018 (Mobility Tracking - Baseline Assessment), to better inform humanitarian intervention carried out by humanitarian partners. The DTM is a tool that provides vital information in order to bring the efficient and effective provision of humanitarian assistant to conflict-affected populations. It will also allow understanding of the magnitude and dynamics of the displacements occurring in these areas.
    Beneficiaries: humanitarian community

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Direct and rapid humanitarian response for affected displaced populations of the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon: Provision of shelter / NFI kits
    Amount Requested: USD 400,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    The proposed action aims at delivering Shelter or Non-Food Items (NFI) kits to the displaced populations based on the needs identified on the ground. The targeting of beneficiaries would take place in regard to data collected in the field, as part of our Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) program that is rolled out in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon.
    Beneficiaries: 5,000 crisis-affected households.

  Early Recovery

  • Facilitating the early recovery of returned populations affected by the Chad basin crisis through access to short term income and rehabilitation of community infrastructure in the Far North region of Cameroon
    Amount Requested: USD 800,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
    To contribute to the early recovery of affected populations in host/return communities in the Far North region of Cameroon. This will be achieved through the improvement and/or the creation of community infrastructures identified through communal consultations. These infrastructures will be built by affected populations, providing an alternative source of income during the implementation stage of the project. The overall aim is to provide a higher quality of life for returning populations and host populations after the displacement.
    Beneficiaries: 1) 900 beneficiaries for income-generating activities; 2) 30 rehabilitated infrastructures (benefitting 15,000 individuals)