Chad has a population of some 16 million people, half of whom live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank. Given the correlation between poverty and disability, people with disabilities - including victims of explosive remnants of war (ERW) - are among the most vulnerable people in Chad. Thousands of people live under direct threat from mines and explosive remnants of war left over from a series of conflicts.
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HI implements emergency response and development projects, and builds on its core activities, including mine action, assistance to people with disabilities, inclusion, physical rehabilitation, and inclusive education. HI seeks innovative and sustainable solutions to better respond to actual needs and to support the socio-economic development of the most vulnerable people. For example, in the north of the country, HI has launched a large-scale Demining and Economic Development Project (PRODECO) in consortium with Mine Advisory Group (MAG), Secours catholique et développement (SECADEV) and the Fondation Suisse pour le déminage (FSD).
The ODYSSEE 2025 project has also enabled HI to build on its innovative approach to mine action through the use of drones, electronic tablets and new technologies in order to improve the responsiveness and relevance of its armed violence reduction actions.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Chad is predominantly rural and ranked among the world’s ten poorest countries in terms of human development. Since the last presidential election in 2016 and the fall in oil prices in 2014, the country has suffered a deep recession.
Chad has been affected by various humanitarian crises since 2003. These crises are related to major population movements in border areas, including refugees from Sudan in the east, refugees and returnees from the Central African Republic in the south, and more recently Nigerian refugees and internally displaced people in the Lac Province in the west of the country. Boko Haram continues to destabilise the Lac region. In 2020, the government conducted Operation Bohoma Anger in an attempt to eradicate Boko Haram in the region. Attacks by the armed group - kidnappings, murders, robberies, fires, and so on - have continued regardless and the security situation is increasingly unstable.
Number of HI staff members: 160
Date programme opened: 2014