Sahel Alliance members stand for a photo with Svenja Schulze, the Mauritanian President and the Mauritanian Minister of Economy.

Supporting cooperation in the Sahel

Regional project Strengthening Cooperation in the Sahel

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Overall term

    2019 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Governance and democracy

Context

The Sahel states of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad form a region that has great potential, but also faces complex challenges: rising violence, a lack of prospects, noticeable effects of climate change and weak state institutions are hampering their development.

The states therefore joined forces in 2014 to form a regional organisation – the G5 Sahel – to tackle the common challenges. Since 2017, they have been supported by the Sahel Alliance. In this international alliance, donor countries coordinate their development cooperation in the region.

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze took over the presidency of the Sahel Alliance at the beginning of July 2023. Her presidency focuses on training and employment, food security and social security, and basic services. This is particularly important following the military coups in Burkina Faso, Mali and most recently Niger.

Objective

Germany and other members use the Sahel Alliance to jointly coordinate and shape their development contributions in the region.

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze speaks at a lectern.

© Alliance Sahel/Aude Rossignol

Approach

The project works in two areas:

  • Helping to shape the German contribution to the Sahel Alliance. The project supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the technical and content-related aspects of Germany’s contribution. To this end, it draws on experience from German development cooperation projects, analyses the political context and observes trends in the region. It also supports a dialogue of experts among the participating countries.
  • Supporting the organisation of the Sahel Alliance. The Sahel Alliance Secretariat (Unité de Coordination, UCA) assists members and organises Sahel Alliance meetings. The team works in Brussels and the Sahel countries to facilitate cooperation. Besides Germany, Canada, Italy, France and the West African Development Bank also support the secretariat with finance or human resources.

Last update: October 2023

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