Better border zone management at national and regional levels
This project, named “Human security and community resilience reinforcement in the Sahel”, has several components to reach its goals. Each country in the region will benefit and will see the presence of its public services reinforced in the border and cross-border zones in the Sahel and in the Lake Chad Basin.
Going beyond this reinforcement, it is a question of helping each country to implement a national strategy for border and community border management. Support will be provided for the national efforts to operationalize national border management strategies. The project will also provide regional institutions with expertise in order to develop regional and concerted approaches to integrated border management.
Reinforcing the access to essential services in the border zones
The starting point for the project is to promote human security and community resilience as a means to prevent and to manage, in the long-term, conflict and tensions between and within communities. Ultimately, this approach intends to reinforce cohesion, coexistence and social peace at a community level.
Burkina Faso: strengthening the production capacities of the women of Yibi and Boura who grow and sell moringa in the municipality of Arbollé. Support was provided for the construction of community infrastructure (water points, food storage store for women’s associations). Support was provided for the institutional capacity building of the National Observatory of Religious Facts (ONAFAR). This support includes the development of ONAFAR’s 2018-2019 annual work plan, the provision of office hardware to its premises, the creation of a website: www.onafar.org & www.onafar.bf.
Mauritania: “Democratic institutions are strengthened with a view to the full exercise of their functions and the promotion of citizen participation and control”. Regional Integrated Border Management Committees have been set up and their capacities strengthened. Border security agencies have been equipped with rolling stock. Support was provided for the establishment of the National Border Management Commission and Border Management Committees by Decree No. 0590/MIDEC of 10 July 2018 of the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization.
Niger: The Public Water Services organized a training workshop on financial education for members of water users’ associations, women producers, management committees of multifunctional platforms and small drinking water supply systems.
At the request of the Permanent Secretariat of the G5 Sahel, support was provided at the regional level for the preparation of the PIP/G5 Sahel Donor Coordination Conference, held on 6 December 2018 in Nouakchott.
A regional conference on impunity, access to justice and human rights in West Africa and the Sahel was held on 10 December 2018 in Niamey, Niger, in collaboration with the G5 Sahel, ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations.
Support was provided for the organization of the 7th Session of the Ministerial Platform for the Coordination of Sahel Strategies (PMC/Sahel), in N’Djamena, Chad, on 3 May 2018. In addition, institutional support (office automation and IT equipment) was provided to the PMC/Sahel Technical Secretariat.
Photo credit : Paul Kabre – AFD