European Countries and world development organisations have officially launched the Sahel Alliance, by announcing the implementation of over 500 projects between 2018 and 2022.
The alliance member countries — France, Germany, the EU, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNDP, joined by Italy, Spain and the UK — disbursed Euro 6 billion to help the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger).
“The Sahel Alliance aims to pool and coordinate the commitment of its partners in 6 priority fields of action. To date, the projects concerned – the performance of which will be duly evaluated – amount to EUR 6bn of financial resources spread out over the next 5 years,” said Jean-Marc Gravellini, Head of the Sahel Alliance Coordination Unit.
The alliance is to take action in six priority sectors: youth employment, rural development and food security, energy and climate, governance, decentralization and access to basic services, and security.
Italy, Spain and the UK are the latest members of the alliance.