“Border Management and Border Communities
in the SAHEL Region” 


The overall objective of the action is to support the development and initial implementation of strategies to improve interaction of legitimate State border management authorities with local population in three trans-boundary areas of the Sahel:

  • Mauritania – Mali border (area of Bassikounou);
  • Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger (Liptakoa-Gourma ‘triangle’);
  • Niger-Chad (Lake Chad).

Specific Objectives

The specific objective of the ICMPD action is to provide trainings and technical assistance on border management to the agencies involved in border management of the five Sahel countries to ensure that involvement of border communities is developed into policy and plans for the three selected trans-boundary areas.


The project is financed by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP in partnership with ICMPD.


The project’s target group is high-level decision makers, senior, mid-management and operational-level authorities within the Sahel region working in the area of border management.

The beneficiaries of the project are border agencies in the Sahel region as well as end-users of border agencies’ services; populations/communities living in the Sahel region and who will benefit from easier movement, and open and secure borders. 

Project Implementation

Project duration is 12 months.

Expected results

  • Awareness amongst practitioners and decision-makers is raised and knowledge management between all stakeholders is ensured; 
  • National and sub-regional strategies for border management are developed;
  • Capacities of border agencies are strengthened;
  • Border communities are involved to address emerging and ongoing crises;
  • The presence of Border Agencies in Border regions is more regular and efficient;
  • The level of interaction between Border Agencies and the local communities on security, facilitation & rights issues is increased.

Main Activities

  • Regional conference on Border Management and Development in the Sahel Region;
  • Setting up an Online Knowledge Management Platform for border management practitioners and decision-makers and provision of substance-related input;  
  • Technical assistance for the drafting of border management policy papers, bilateral agreements, and primary/secondary legislation, in each country on an on-demand basis;
  • Study visits in EU-MS, African country and study tour in the region;
  • Training sessions for selected border agencies on border management topics specified in assessment reports in the five target countries.


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