USAID/OTI aims to increase stability to minimize the conditions that allow violent extremist threats to develop in the Lake Region of Chad.


Chad is a central component in a regional strategy to defeat Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa (BH and ISIS-WA). Lake Chad serves as an intersection for the greater Sahel, attracting individuals and groups with economic opportunities and historically serving as a sanctuary for criminals and rebel groups. The Chadian government’s response to the BH and ISIS-WA threat has primarily been military in nature. Security forces have ramped up presence around Lake Chad and enacted a state of emergency, prompting a large wave of internal displacement. While the government has regained large areas of the lake and residents are slowly returning, there remains limited civilian government engagement. With USAID/OTI programming in Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, the USAID/OTI Chad program provides a further link across the political, social and economic spheres of the Lake Chad Basin. 


USAID/OTI’s Chad program seeks to strengthen local efforts within targeted communities in the Lake Chad Basin to withstand or counter violent extremist threats. This will facilitate the promotion of development and longer-term state and non-state investments in Chad. To achieve these goals, USAID/OTI’s Chad program aims to:

  • Increase stability in targeted communities vulnerable to extremist threats in the Lake Region; and 
  • Strengthen the effectiveness of institutions and local initiatives that are addressing violent extremism in communities affected by BH and ISIS-WA.


USAID/OTI’s agility and locally driven approach position it well to undertake countering violent extremism efforts. USAID/OTI’s iterative programming methodology allows for designing, testing and adjusting region- and community-specific, hypothesis-driven activities at a pace consistent with the dynamic challenges facing Lake Chad Basin due to BH and ISIS-WA. Further, USAID/OTI’s flexible implementation mechanisms and grassroots-level programming enable engagement with a wide range of local partners in challenging security environments. Possible activities may include, but are not limited to, community improvement, conflict mitigation, addressing youth grievances and strengthening community cohesion. 

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Last updated: August 02, 2018

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