Sahel & Lake Chad

110 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

NEWS | 12 March 2021

Yvonne Adjei, tackling waste segregation behind the scenes

At Waste 360 – a waste management company in Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana – 33-year old Yvonne Adjei is found behind her desk coordinating daily waste collection rounds in the municipality. Yvonne is a participant of the Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) employability training programme supported...

NEWS | 09 March 2021

Région de Ségou : Le Programme Jeunesse et Stabilisation (PROJES) équipe cinq Centres de santé communautaires

Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de sa première composante à savoir le renforcement de la fonctionnalité et de l’accès de proximité des populations aux services socioéconomiques de base, le Programme Jeunesse et Stabilisation vient d’équiper en matériels et consommables médicaux cinq Centres de santé communautaire (CSCOM)...

Red Cross
NEWS | 07 March 2021

Assistance and protection of the most vulnerable migrants in West Africa: Red Cross health care provision for vulnerable people in Niger

"Awareness-raising is an essential part of making progress in the field of human rights"

(Mr Assoumana Hadia)

The Red Cross interviewed Mr Assoumana Hadia, Director of the Regional Hospital of Tahoua, who told them what this intervention means for the region of Tahoua in Niger in the...

NEWS | 28 February 2021

Groupes d’Action Rapide - Surveillance et d’Intervention au Sahel - GARSI Sahel

Depuis la fin de l’année 2016 (et jusqu’à la fin d’avril 2021, dans le cas de la Mauritanie), le Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence pour l’Afrique (FFUE) de l’Union européenne finance le projet Groupes d’Action Rapides – Surveillance et Intervention au Sahel (GAR-SI Sahel) dont l’objectif est de contribuer à la...