Fact Sheets

CILSS Mandate:

“To devote efforts towards the search for food security and combatting the effects of drought and desertification for a new ecological balance in the Sahel.”


1973 to Present

Average Annual Funding from USAID:

3,400,000 USD

Linked Institutions:

CILSS is the technical arm of both ECOWAS and UEMOA.


Reduce the risk of instability and increase resilience to violent extremism in the Sahel.

Life of Program:


Total USAID Funding:

USD 61,655,800

Geographic Focus:

Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger

Implementing Partner:

International Relief and Development (IRD)


Ensure continuous access to fortified cooking oil and wheat flour for at least 70% of the population of West Africa

Life of Project:

January 2011-June 2014

Total USAID/West Africa Funding:

2,100,000 USD

Geographic Scope:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Implementing Partner:

Helen Keller International


Design, develop, and deliver strategies that drive a competitive and sustainable shea industry worldwide, improving the livelihoods of rural African women and their communities.

Geographic Scope:

350 members from 25 countries

Key Funding Partners:

USAID West Africa Trade Hub; ICCO (Dutch church-based aid organization)Geographic Scope: 350 members from 25 countries

Established in September 2011, the Borderless Alliance (BA) represents a private sector-led coalition to increase trade in West Africa and foster change by exposing trade inefficiencies throughout the region.


Promote a globally competitive African cashew industry that benefits the value chain from farmer to consumer.

Geographic Scope:

The ACA has member organizations from all over the world, with the majority from Africa, especially Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Justice Under Rule of Law in Society project began in 2012 and works to strengthen the rule of law and access to justice in select locations in China.


Last updated: March 24, 2014