25 projects

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.


Regional projects

Total 25

Cross-window projects

Total 4

News & Stories

Expertise France
NEWS | 03 March 2020

Gulf of Guinea: €18 Million project to support the fight against human trafficking

On 18 February, The European Union (EU), in collaboration with Expertise France, has launched an €18 million project to support the fight against human trafficking in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and Guinea.

In Ghana, the project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and...

Migrants in NigerIOM
NEWS | 23 December 2017

Exchanging views with Didier Versé, Head of Unit for Western Africa at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

There are some complementarities and synergies between the priorities of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and those of the Rabat Process. To what extent is the EUTF guided by the key messages and recommendations coming out of the Rabat Process?

Improved migration management in countries of origin,...

Des migrants nigériens retouvent leur paysIOM
NEWS | 14 December 2017

One year of EU partnership with IOM: migrants protection and reintegration in Africa

The EU and the UN Migration Agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), launched one year ago a joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration.

The objective was clear: to respond to the urgent protection needs and unacceptable loss of life of migrants along the Central Mediterranean migration route while...