Sahel & Lake Chad

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.

 

Selected targets*

119 829
Number of jobs created

125 922
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

3 002 591
Number of people receiving basic social services

85 800
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

News & Stories

Bakel, à l'est du Sénégal : un suivi personnalisé des entrepreneurs
NEWS | 24 April 2019

Bakel, à l'est du Sénégal : un suivi personnalisé des entrepreneurs pour les accompagner vers l'emploi durable

Le programme « Développer l’Emploi au Sénégal – Tekki fii », financé dans le cadre du Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence de l’Union européenne pour l’Afrique, accompagne de jeunes entrepreneurs à pérenniser leur commerce. Dans les régions de Tambacounda, Ziguinchor, Sédhiou et Kolda, un consortium composé de deux ONG (Gret et Eclosio)...

Today I sold 4kg of aubergines. With the money I will buy oil and meat for the family
NEWS | 24 April 2019

« Today I sold 4kg of aubergines. With the money I will buy oil and meat for the family »

In close collaboration with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Mauritania (UNHCR) has been coordinating since 2012 the humanitarian response in the camp of Mbera, with the financial support of the European Union. With its implementing partners, UNHCR provides protection,...

Burkina Faso : Aziz et Seyiba, un duo gagnant de l’aviculture
NEWS | 24 April 2019

Burkina Faso : Aziz et Seyiba, un duo gagnant de l’aviculture

Ils ont tenté de rejoindre l’Europe mais leur voyage s’est arrêté en Libye. De retour au Burkina Faso, Seyiba et Aziz ont développé ensemble, avec le soutien de l'Union européenne et de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) une micro-entreprise florissante dans l’aviculture.

« Je suis parti en Libye parce que...

Le conseil local de sécurité et de prévention de la délinquance de la commune de Bol sillonne la ville pour alerter sur les dangers de la drogue
NEWS | 24 April 2019

Le conseil local de sécurité et de prévention de la délinquance de la commune de Bol sillonne la ville pour alerter sur les dangers de la drogue

L’ONG locale APROSEL, sélectionnée dans le cadre de l’appel à proposition émis par COGINTA pour sensibiliser la population de Bol sur les dangers des produits stupéfiants intervenait le jeudi 11 avril dans le quartier de Ouadidoum 1 pour alerter la population. 


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