Over the past decade, the deterioration of the security situation has profoundly destabilized the Central Sahel, with spillover effects throughout the region and even beyond. Weakened social cohesion has led to increasingly violent and uncontrolled conflict. In addition, the political turmoil that is spreading in Mali and Burkina Faso, the latter hit by two coups in eight months, is symptomatic of increasingly weak institutions.
In light of the political and security situation, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs announced the country’s decision to end official development assistance in Mali.
Yet these complex and multidimensional challenges should not overshadow the positive trends observed in the region in recent years. Along with East Africa, the Sahel is the fastestgrowing region in Africa. The Greater Sahel region’s annual HDI has also been improving at a rate nearly three times faster than the rest of the world over the past three decades.
In 2022, AFD committed 683 million euros in the region. Download the activity report available below to find out more.
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