Ensuring sustainable development in the Sahel region - 10kC-1kD
A large number of people in the Sahel countries—from Mauritania and Chad to Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger—are deprived of basic services such as access to water or electricity. These Sahelian communities are located at the very base of the poverty pyramid. This fragility is worsened by additional factors like the already seizable effects of climate change and daily security challenges.
The “10,000 communities in 1,000 days” project intends to correct this situation for all these communities, which represent almost 5 million inhabitants. The ultimate objective is to provide a response to the dual challenge of climate and security. The project aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities by giving them sustainable access to basic services, primarily water and electricity, based on an innovative partnership model linking resilient development and security.
Creating a partnership connecting sustainable development and security
The project designers have chosen to fund this development by supporting private-public partnerships, an innovative approach involving a dedicated platform. The project rests on three cornerstones. First of all, it will reinforce the resilience of Sahelian communities. It will then create a partnership model between the public and private sectors, to provide in particular a framework for the contracts with the private promoters that are tasked with delivering the basic services. Finally, the project will focus on the long-term management of this partnership platform.
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