EUR 6bn of investments for the Sahel region: this is the total amount disbursed by the members of the Sahel Alliance and being made available to member countries of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) for the implementation of over 500 projects with a capacity to transform the region by 2022.
All these projects, 12 of which were highlighted to illustrate the principles of the Alliance, were presented to Sahelian Heads of State during the G5 Sahel Summit in Niamey on 6 February 2018. They will be implemented rapidly, particularly in the most vulnerable areas, as the objective of the Sahel Alliance is to have an immediate impact on populations, in line with the priorities established by the G5 Sahel countries. To achieve this, the Sahel Alliance will take action in six priority sectors: youth employment, rural development and food security, energy and climate, governance, decentralization and access to basic services, and security.
The membership of three new countries – Italy, Spain and the UK – in this unique initiative is a sign that development actors are mobilizing for the Sahel region.
The members of the Sahel Alliance and the Sahelian Heads of State have called on the international community to take urgent and coordinated action in the Sahel, a region threatened by insecurity and where there is a particularly high rate of poverty. An event dedicated to the Sahel Alliance will be held in Africa before the summer.
The Sahel Alliance aims to pool and coordinate the commitment of its partners in 6 priority fields of action. To date, the projects concerned – the performance of which will be duly evaluated – amount to EUR 6bn of financial resources spread out over the next 5 years. Their sole objective is to speed up achievements in the field for the benefit of Sahelian populations, particularly in the most vulnerable areas. The Sahel Alliance Coordination Unit is available to its members to help achieve these objectives.
The Sahel Alliance is an initiative which includes the G5 Sahel countries, France, Germany, the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, UNDP, Italy, Spain and the UK. The objective: pool and coordinate, as never before, our common commitment for a prosperous, resilient, inclusive and dynamic Sahel region for its populations, by working in priority fields of action, such as education and youth employment, rural development and food security, access to energy and the climate. Together we are going to commit to specific objectives and innovate in our methods to ensure that there are tangible and sustainable impacts. Development is an essential driver and is complementary to the drivers of diplomacy and defence. This is our 3D action – diplomacy, defence, development – which will create the conditions for stability in the Sahel region in the coming years.
About the Sahel Alliance
On 13 July 2017, during the Franco-German Council of Ministers, France, Germany and the European Union, along with the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), proposed an international cooperation platform for the Sahel region with the aim of taking more and better action there. The Sahel Alliance aims to achieve more effective aid coordination and enhance the support from development partners to the region, in order to more generally contribute to stabilizing the security situation and eradicating poverty, by developing solutions for rural areas, creating employment for young people, improving energy infrastructure and the fight against climate change, and strengthening governance.