A decade of violence by Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis in the least developed parts of the four countries of the Lake Chad Basin, displacing more than 2.5 million people, hindering economic activities, and restricting access to basic services. To bring stability to the region, there has been a significant support to humanitarian and development actors in recent years, as well as to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Between 2014 and 2017, international partners has invested over EUR 700 million. Despite these interventions, and even in secured areas, progress is still scarce; the lack of coordination of stabilisation activities leads to gaps between political intentions and realities on the ground, on which accurate information is lacking. The role of young people is key to stabilisation, as recognized by the UNSCR 2250 which calls for the effective participation of young people in peacebuilding efforts in fragile areas. The role of youth is further highlighted in the Stabilisation Strategy adopted by Member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in August 2018 and endorsed by the African Union Peace & Security Council in December 2018. The Stabilisation Strategy offers a renewed impetus for a "new way of working" focusing on bridging the gap between political will, financing and reality of progress on the ground.