Chad has experienced chronic instability since its independence in 1960 and was heavily affected by conflicts in neighboring countries like Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya, and more recently Northern Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger (Boko Haram conflict).
The high influx of refugees from Sudan and CAR into Chad in recent years has become a protracted situation with long-term implications. Refugees and host communities are challenged to live together and improve their livelihoods.
Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 186th position (of 188) on the Human Development Index. 55 percent of the population live in poverty. The majority of the Chadian population does not have access to social protection, health, education, justice, employment, and good governance.
In Chad since July 2007, LWF World Service is supporting refugees from Sudan, Nigeria, and Central African Republic (CAR) as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities. As part of its response to food insecurity and poverty, LWF World Service launched the Seeds for Solution project in 2014 in partnership with UNHCR. The aim is to improve self-reliance in refugee and local populations while establishing peaceful coexistence mechanisms. In 2021, the country's program supported more than 49,000 people through various projects. In livelihoods, through agricultural inputs, income-generating activities as well as vocational training programs, but also in protection and social cohesion as well as quality services through access to water and education projects.
LWF Chad’s work relies on three programmatic areas: Livelihoods, Quality Services, and Protection & Social Cohesion. Additionally, the country program focuses on Gender Justice and Climate Justice as focus areas to increase operations’ impact. These programmatic areas underlie our 2019-2024 global strategy.
Updated 29 January 2023
Partners and donors
ACT Church of Sweden
Agence Française de Developpement (AFD)
Bread for the World
European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva
Evangelische Landeskirche in Württemberg
LWF German Central Committee
World Food Programme (WFP)