The Sahel Resilience Project

Funded by Sweden, this regional project (2019-2022) aims to foster risk-informed solutions for sustainable development in Western Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal

Successive political and humanitarian crises have been eroding communities' ability in Western Sahel countries to withstand increasingly frequent shocks, protracted conflict, and poverty. COVID-19 has also been a stark reminder of the urgent need to jointly address the multiple risks that arise in fragile contexts such as in the Sahel region. 

The initiative Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation for Resilience in the Sahel Region: fostering risk-informed solutions for sustainable development (or Sahel Resilience Project) addresses regulatory, political, and budgetary frameworks of disaster risk governance at the regional and national levels in the Sahel region, to promote recovery processes that take into account the underlying risks of disaster and climate change; and urban risk management. 

Sweden and UNDP support the Sahel Resilience Project with an overall budget of $7.5 million US dollars over three years (2019-2022).

UNDP, 2019. Strengthening capacities for disaster risk reduction and adaptation for Resilience in the Sahel Region: fostering risk-informed solutions for sustainable development

Project Partners

Anchored in a partnership for disaster risk management with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), UN Women, UN-Habitat and UNDP, the project coordinates with regional bodies and institutions – the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the university consortium PeriPeri U/WASCAL (Stellenbosch University), and the specialized agency AGRHYMET/CILSS – and with national disaster management agencies. 

At the national level, the Sahel Resilience Project aims to enhance disaster risk reduction strategies and resilience-building, implemented by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. The project puts a strong focus on data collection and national commitments to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Africa Programme of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Five areas of action

1. Data for decision-making: Increased capacity of tracking the domestication of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the implementation of the African Union’s Programme of Action in the Sahel region through enhanced data collection, analysis and reporting systems

2. Risk governance: Strengthened regional and multi-country regulatory, policy and budgetary frameworks for translating disaster and climate data into risk-informed development

3. Preparedness for recovery: Enhanced regional recovery and resilience-building processes that address underlying disaster and climate change risks and restore pathways to sustainable development in the Sahel countries

4. Resilient urban areas:  Enhanced regional capacities for urban risk management

5. Regional engagement: Enhanced innovations and knowledge of risk-informed development through regional dialogue and South-South exchange

When you think of the Sahel, what comes to mind first? A region affected by climate change and conflict? The Sahel is all of these and more, a land of opportunity where resilience, of people and institutions, influences change.