In response to the multidimensional crisis in the Sahel, the United Nations Security Council adopted the Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (SINUS-S / 2013/354) in 2013. In support of the implementation of SINUS, the UNDP Sub-regional Platform for West and Central Africa has established the SAHEL Program, which is based on a set of initiatives to support The Permanent Secretariat and the G5Sahel member countries. Five years after its establishment, the UNDP SAHEL Program mobilized expertise, forged fruitful partnerships and built a dynamic framework of long-term support for G5Sahel communities and countries, Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs).

  • Partnership and key achievements 

The UNDP SAHEL Program has developed a broader partnership both externally and within the United Nations.

  • United Nations Agencies

UNDP is leading the governance pillar, including the Governance Working Group composed of several United Nations agencies based in Dakar: OHCHR, UNESCO, UNFEMME, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, IOM, UNOWAS, UNOCHA, WFP, Of Senegal: CTED, CTITF, UNREC, UNECA, etc.

Group diversity that reflects the "One UN", enables the development and implementation of joint projects and initiatives for the G5Sahel region.

  • Regional Economic Communities  (RECs)

Within the framework of SINUS, UNDP has put in place a strategic framework in support of the ERC of the G5Sahel region, including the Permanent Secretariat of the G5Sahel, the CILSS, the High Authority of Liptako-Gourma. Taking into account the contingencies and effects of border insecurity across borders, UNDP support pays special attention to the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)

At the regional level, the UNDP Sahel Program works with the African Union Commission (AUC). The main focus of collaboration with the RECs is to facilitate and support subregional and regional efforts to better integrate ODD in all programs and policies including their ownership at various levels.

  • Civil Society and Think Tank

Civil Society Organizations as well as Research Centers and Institutes occupy a prominent place in the UNDP strategic framework for the G5Sahel region. The UNDP Platform, in close collaboration with its civil society partners and think tanks, has developed a dynamic framework for reflection, discussions, exchanges and sharing of information and analysis. Thus, the Platform has collaborated with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), CODESRIA, International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, ICMPD, Universities, etc.

The main products of these Think Tanks play a decisive role in high-level advocacy in order to better integrate some of the major concerns into national and regional policies and programs.

  • Outlook

For the year 2017, the UNDP Sahel Program will pay particular attention to the following requirements:

  • Assistance to the Sahel G5 guided  by the recommendations of the SINUS 's review   
  • Towards a better articulation of the triptych Governance, Security and Resilience
  • A dynamic exchange  with the RECs
  • Reinforced presence in the Basin of Lake Tc HAD
  • Resource mobilization to facilitate United Nations's support in general and UNDP , and in particular, the mandate of the G5 Sahel as well as other sub-regional institutions in Africa West and Central as the ECOWAS, ECCAS and OMVS



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