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The resilience strategy has been translated into three new programs, including a Sahel learning agenda, a multi-sector resilience program, and a focused value chain program targeting the agro-pastoralist and marginal agricultural zones in Niger and Burkina Faso. These programs will build on and out from existing Food for Peace development programs in these target livelihood zones to reach an estimated 1.9 million beneficiaries. The strategy, co-funded by several USAID bureaus, will sequence, layer, and integrate programmatic efforts with other USAID/West Africa regional programs and with any relevant USAID development and humanitarian programs within these zones.

The three new five-year programs, named Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER); Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG); and the Sahel Resilience Learning Project (SAREL), are all in process of being formalized and are expected to be up and running by October.  The rationale for these investments is to reduce the chronically vulnerable humanitarian assistance caseload in crisis and non-crisis years and unblock the constraints to consistent economic growth in the most vulnerable households.

In addition, the Regional Office plans to buy into the West Africa US Geological Survey mechanism to tap into GIS data to establish a baseline and monitor the re-greening efforts across the Sahel, and a credit guarantee with the Development Credit Authority that partners with a microfinance institution in Niger to extend credit to the most vulnerable.


In the other countries covered by the Sahel Regional Office (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, and Chad), USAID will leverage existing development assistance through coordination and collaboration with donor partners, regional and local institutions, and non-governmental organizations to help build the resilience of the most vulnerable to future climatic shocks.  The Sahel Regional Office provides technical, legal, human resources, financial management, and contract support to Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.

Last updated: September 11, 2014

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