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.



Selected results*

951 064
Number of people receiving basic social services

842 739
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

29 417
Number of jobs created

7 079
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

News & Stories

PECOBAT et PROMOPECHE_Expo Des emplois qui changent des viesAlfredo Cáliz
NEWS | 24 September 2021

« Des emplois qui changent des vies », un projet de communication entre la Mauritanie et l’Europe

L’Union européenne et le Bureau International du Travail en Mauritanie ont développé des programmes de promotion de l’emploi décent permettant d’accroître les opportunités professionnelles pour les jeunes en situation précaire et d'améliorer leur employabilité.

À travers des actions très concrètes tels que les Chantiers École, méthodologie innovante de...

GrEEn_Story AminatuUNCDF
STORY | 17 September 2021

Unpredictable rains mean subsistence farmers need a new approach - and improved market

One impact of climate change in central Ghana is the increasingly unpredictability of annual rains, robbing 43-year old subsistence farmer Boatemaa Aminatu and her six children of a reliable income and forcing them to rely on the goodwill of neighbours. However, Ms Aminatu hopes a new cash for work initiative...

Lancement Centre formation et prototypages bijouterie Touareg ML ITC
NEWS | 15 September 2021

Un nouveau Centre de formation et de prototypages en bijouterie Touareg voit le jour au Mali

Ce lundi 13 septembre 2021 au Village Artisanal de la Commune IV du District de Bamako, le Centre du commerce international (ITC), le Ministère de la Culture, de l’Artisanat, de l’Industrie Hotellière et du Tourisme du Mali, avec le soutien de la Délégation de l’Union européenne au Mali, ont...

 Croix Rouge_Assistance Sénégal. L' historie de MarieCroix Rouge
STORY | 09 September 2021

Assistance et protection des migrants les plus vulnérables en Afrique de l’Ouest. Assistance aux points de services humanitaires au Sénégal: l’histoire de Marie

Marie a 18 ans, vient de Côte d'Ivoire et, malgré son jeune âge, elle connaît déjà de trop près certains risques liés à la migration clandestine, les ayant vécus directement. Elle a confié à la Croix-Rouge avoir été victime d'une agression sexuelle alors qu'elle passait par la Guinée. Grâce...