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Climate Sahel

The Sahel Resilience Project

A unique entry point to address climate and disaster risks for resilience-building in West Africa and beyond

Funded by Sweden, this regional project aims to foster risk-informed solutions for sustainable development in Western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin 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 and $8 million pipeline (2019-2024).

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

Western Sahel map

Seven partner countries to the Sahel Resilience Project



Project Partners

UNDP partners with regional and national institutions – the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and national disaster management agencies – to implement activities and training together with UN-Habitat and UN Women,  the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the university consortium PERIPERI U (Stellenbosch University), and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre. 

At the national level, the 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.