Sahel Region

Country Profile

Niger

CONTEXT

Niger is an emerging democracy landlocked in the increasingly unstable Sahel region. It consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. USAID assists the Nigerien government and local partners to create economic opportunities and increase civic and political participation for Nigerien youth to help undermine extremist messages and encourage stability in Niger and the region.

APPROACH

Country Profile

Burkina Faso

CONTEXT

Burkina Faso and Niger are the focus countries for USAID’s resilience agenda in the Sahel. USAID coordinates all of its programs with the Government of Burkina Faso, other donors—particularly G7 member countries under the New Alliance for Nutrition and Food Security—and regional organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

APPROACH

Regional Mission Overview

Sahel Regional

Context

West Africa’s Sahel is an arid band stretching 1.1 million square miles.  Made up of four countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, and Niger—this zone’s mix of deeply rooted chronic poverty, food insecurity, limited rainfall, and recurrent drought drive the same vulnerable communities into crisis year after year.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: SAREL (Sahel Resilience Learning Project)

Following repeated large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the Sahel Region USAID recognized that continuing to treat these recurrent crises as acute emergencies is extremely costly and does not effectively address their underlying causes. Thus, USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) initiative realigned existing and new humanitarian and development assistance efforts to strengthen resilience in agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones of the Sahel. 

Overview

Fact Sheet: Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced (RISE)

West Africa’s Sahel is an arid band stretching 1.1 million square miles from Senegal to Chad with limited annual rainfall. This zone has a combustible mix of deeply rooted chronic poverty, food insecurity, recurrent drought, scattered conflict, and violent extremism that drives the same vulnerable communities into crisis year after year.

Evaluation

REGIS-ER Midterm Performance Evaluation

Following repeated large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the Sahel, USAID recognized that continuing to treat these recurrent crises as acute emergencies is extremely costly and does not effectively address their underlying causes. Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) is a multi-sectoral resilience project that works to end the vicious cycle of crisis and help the Sahel’s most vulnerable populations stay firmly on

Report

USAID Annual Global Water and Development Report FY 2017

This year’s Global Water and Development Report of Water and Sanitation Activities examines USAID programming through the lens of its new areas of focus and opportunity, takes a closer look at USAID’s support for partner countries on their journeys to self-reliance, and provides a country breakdown of WASH and water funding.