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*

125 229
Number of jobs created

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

3 088 591
Number of people receiving basic social services

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

News & Stories

Lancement du Programme Archipelago au Sénégal
NEWS | 12 December 2018

Archipelago : 15 millions d'euros pour améliorer l'emploi des jeunes dans la région Sahel et Lac Tchad

M. Mamadou Talla, Ministre de la Formation professionnelle de l’apprentissage et de l’artisanat et Mme Cécile Tassin Pelzer, Chef de la Coopération de l'Union européenne (UE) ont procédé ce jour, au lancement du programme régional Archipelago. Il s'agit d'un programme quadriennal visant à améliorer l'employabilité et l'intégration des jeunes sur...

Lancement du projet INTEGRA en Guinée
NEWS | 20 November 2018

Lancement du projet INTEGRA en Guinée

La République de Guinée et l’Union Européenne ont célébré aujourd’hui le lancement du Programme d’appui à l’intégration socio-économique des jeunes (INTEGRA) à Conakry. Le lancement a été présidé par SEM le Premier Ministre de la République de Guinée, Dr Ibrahima Kassory FOFANA, accompagné de nombreux ministres et plus particulièrement ceux...

Support to water infrastructures in the G5 Sahel area take an important part in the 7th Operational Committee of the EUTF
| 20 November 2018

Five new programmes adopted for the Sahel and Lake Chad region during the 7th Operational Committee

The European Commission has adopted five new programmes worth over €141 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: "Our new EU programmes, worth €141 million, are particularly focusing on important opportunities for young people. They will furthermore support our...

Gestion de crise au G5 Sahel maîtrisée par le CSS
NEWS | 20 November 2018

Gestion de crise au G5 Sahel maîtrisée par le Collège Sahélien de Sécurité

C’est en partie dans les locaux du Collège Sahélien de Sécurité (CSS) aménagés par  le Projet d’Appui au G5 pour la Sécurité au Sahel et dans les cinq centres opérationnels de gestion de crise mis sur pied par le projet PANORAMA /CORSEC  que s’est tenu à Bamako le séminaire «...