Sahel & Lake Chad

112 projects

The Sahel and Lake Chad region of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa comprises of twelve countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, along with neighbouring countries. These countries all have a considerable number of challenges that can be addressed by the EUTF, complementing other EU instruments.

In the Sahel and Lake Chad region, challenges linked to extreme poverty, lack of stability, economic fragility and low resilience remain acute. This is exacerbated by climate change in a region where more than 80% of the population relies essentially on agriculture and pastoral activities. Irregular migration and related crimes such as trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, corruption, illicit trafficking and transnational organised crime are thriving particularly where there is an insufficient presence of governmental authority and public administration. These security challenges have been increasingly linked to terrorist groups and illicit trafficking of all kinds.

The region also faces growing challenges related to demographic pressure, institutional weaknesses and governance, weak social and economic infrastructures, environmental stress and insufficient resilience to food and nutrition crises. All of these factors are root causes of forced displacement and make people flee conflict, seek protection from persecution or serious harm, or seek new economic opportunities to build a better life. As a consequence, migration pressure is mounting, with serious implication both for the countries in the region and the EU.

Given the proximity of the Sahel to the EU and its immediate neighbourhood, the EU is working closely with the countries of the Sahel and Lake Chad region to support their efforts to achieve peace, security and development.



News & Stories

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NEWS | 08 June 2022

Côte d’Ivoire : valoriser la production locale à travers l’entrepreneuriat

Depuis 2019, l’Union européenne finance à travers le Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence (FFU) I&P Accélération au Sahel, une initiative du fonds d’investissement Investisseurs & Partenaires qui accompagne les petites entreprises dynamiques et à fort potentiel de croissance, mais jugées trop jeunes ou trop risquées pour obtenir des financements de la...

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STORY | 30 May 2022

The European Union’s actions on circular economy in Ghana: the story of a service recipient of the GrEEn Project

The Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) project is a four-year joint action by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The project aims to create greater economic...

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STORY | 25 May 2022

Journée mondiale de l’Afrique 2022 : «Assistance et protection des migrants les plus vulnérables en Afrique de l’Ouest», une contribution à une «Vie meilleure»

Que serait l’Afrique sans la richesse et la diversité des peuples qui l’habitent et se rencontrent en permanence parfois loin de leurs terres d’origines ?

Au Burkina Faso, riche de ses six frontières, cette réalité est particulièrement vraie ; Maliens, Nigériens, Nigérians, Camerounais, Ivoiriens, Béninois, Togolais, Guinéens et tant d’autres...

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NEWS | 16 May 2022

EUTF GrEEn Project supports Fintechs in Ghana

The fintech space in Ghana has undergone significant growth and evolution in the last few years with entrants spanning the business, telecommunication, agriculture, health and financial services sectors among others. While innovation is growing and many more organizations are developing solutions that leverage technology to respond to people’s needs...