On 7 December 2022, AFD and the Sahel Facility signed a financing agreement. The signing took place during the 10th Sahel Alliance Operational Steering Committee in Brussels.
Following the Sahel Alliance Operational Steering Committee of 13 December 2021, France decided to join Germany as a donor to the Sahel Facility Foundation. As part of the French contribution, AFD has allocated a €5 million financial envelope for this purpose.
The Sahel Facility was created to pool the approaches and solutions of donors who are aware of the particularly challenging context in certain areas of the G5 Sahel countries, where the populations’ deteriorating security situation threatens social cohesion.
The Sahel Facility endeavours to respond to this situation by financing relevant programmes to improve infrastructure and create income opportunities for local communities in economically promising sectors such as agriculture, livestock breeding or handicrafts, in order to strengthen peaceful coexistence and prevent conflicts.
The aim is to foster an environment conducive to better living conditions for the populations, to effectively fight against the disintegration of social ties and, consequently, to better preserve peace between them.
This approach is also part of the Minka Sahel Initiative, which aims to contribute to peacebuilding, conflict prevention and development in targeted areas of the G5 Sahel countries.
About the AFD Group
The AFD Group helps implement France’s development and international solidarity policies. AFD Group is made up of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which finances the public sector and NGOs, as well as research and training on sustainable development, its subsidiary Proparco, which finances the private sector, and Expertise France, a technical cooperation agency. The Group finances, supports and accelerates transitions towards a fairer and more resilient world.
We build shared solutions with our partners, with and for the people of the South. Our teams are involved in more than 4,000 projects in the field, in the French overseas territories, in 115 countries and in territories in crisis, for common goods – climate, biodiversity, peace, gender equality, education and health. In this way, we are contributing to the commitment of France and the French people to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a world in common.