Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience ( REGIS-ER )

REGIS-ER is a five year project financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its objectives are to enhance the resilience of the peoples of Niger and Burkina Faso, to improve their food security, and to reduce their vulnerability to climate change-triggered events that lead to frequent humanitarian assistance requirements. REGIS-ER addresses the pillars of food security (availability, accessibility, utilization, and stability) as part of the process of reducing vulnerability of populations in marginal agro-pastoral regions of the Sahel. Through nutrition-led agriculture and livestock rearing, disaster and conflict risk management, improved health services and potable water access, better hygiene and sanitation practices, and management of natural resources in the face of climate change, REGIS-ER will reduce the recurrent need for humanitarian assistance after disaster strikes. USAID recognizes that such assistance is expensive, does not address the root causes of vulnerability, and impedes economic growth. The project is an intersection between humanitarian aid and development activities, as it includes planning for possible crises as part of resiliency and food security.

Activity Description

REGIS-ER will address the diverse, structural causes of chronic vulnerability in Niger and Burkina Faso by:
1) Strengthening local government and civil society’s capacity to manage resources proactively, collaboratively, and transparently;
2) Catalyzing the local private sector to expand access to products and services;
3) Introducing cutting-edge techniques/technologies that respond to emerging challenges;
4) Improving local people’s knowledge about resilience and food security;
5) Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations by providing paths to broader economic participation; and
6) Linking humanitarian responders to institutional partners and effective channels for emergency relief in times of crisis.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes are: 

  • Policy implementation that enables secure access to land, including by the marginalized groups such as agro-pastoralists, women and the most vulnerable.
  • Improved capacity of community based governance structures, civil society organizations and local government institutions to manage natural resources (e.g., forests, pasture, water points).
  • Improved capacity of community-based governance structures and traditional leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through the transparent and consensual management of natural resources (e.g., grazing corridors).
  • Effective and community and government co-owned natural resource management plans developed and implemented at the community and landscape and watershed levels that incorporate climate change.
  •  Increased capacity of state and non-state governance institutions to manage climate variability and change.
  •  Consolidation of lessons learned from locally developed and implemented natural resource management plans and use of these lessons inform and (re)shape national-level policy.
Actual Outcomes

The project has: 

  • Absolutely or moderately improved livelihood assets, income, and food security of beneficiaries in Niger and Burkina Faso.
  • Increase community access to potable water