Editorial – May 2023
Dear members, dear partners,
In April, all members of the Sahel Alliance met again for the 11th Operational Steering Committee (CPO). This committee decided on clear guidelines to move our coordination platform towards more targeted, flexible action in line with the region’s development priorities, which are being reviewed under the leadership of the new Mauritanian presidency of the G5 Sahel.
Indeed, the impacts of the security, economic and climatic crises that are critically affecting certain areas of the region are still prompting us to strengthen our efforts.
They also invite us to pay particular attention to strengthening national social protection systems to enable states to cope with these shocks. This is the purpose of the high-level meeting that the Sahel Alliance organised on the sidelines of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on 13 April on adaptive social protection in the Sahel in the presence of several G5 Sahel supervisory ministers or their representatives. You can find the report in this article.
This last Operational Steering Committee was an opportunity to discuss the preparation of our next General Assembly, which will be held in Nouakchott before the summer under the chairmanship of Mr Jose Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, who will thus complete a third mandate.
At the CPO, Germany nominated Ms Sveja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, who was unanimously approved after a consultation of the members, as his successor.
In addition to reviewing our activities, the next General Assembly will focus on analysing the multifaceted relationship between climate change and conflict and the development policy implications. It will also reaffirm the Alliance’s priorities in response to the orientations of the updated G5 Sahel Development and Security Strategy.
This new edition of the newsletter also highlights several important initiatives carried out by our members in the field. Among them, I would like to mention the regional workshop organised by the Decentralisation and Basic Services Cluster of the Sahel Alliance in Niamey, dedicated to decentralisation and the role of local authorities in crisis prevention and civil resolution. You will also discover the new video presenting the integrated territorial approach. Finally, I invite you to consult the latest update of the interactive map of Alliance Sahel labelled projects.
Wishing you a pleasant reading!
Sahel Alliance Coordination Unit
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