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The EU's partnership with the G5 Sahel countries

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Friday, 07 December 2018

The EU's partnership with the G5 Sahel countries

Today (06/12/2018) the EU announced additional funding of EUR 125 million for the G5 Sahel countries at the Partners and Donors Coordination Conference organised by the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott, Mauritania. What does the EUR 125 million announced in Nouakchott cover? The European Union's commitment is in response to the development and security priorities of the G5 Sahel, as set out in the Priority Investment Programme (PIP). This response takes the form of the ‘Emergency programme for the stabilisation of the G5 Sahel border areas', provided with EUR 70 million (including EUR 3 million in technical assistance) financed under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. This programme has been designed to respond specifically and rapidly to the needs expressed by the G5 Sahel. It will improve the living conditions of people in cross-border areas by ensuring better access to water and sanitation, by building the resilience of agricultural communities to food insecurity, and through conflict prevention measures. This measure forms part of the Sahel Alliance. It is to gather further contributions from the members of the Sahel Alliance. The EU will also fund a programme to improve access to electricity in Niger, especially in rural areas. This programme will be provided with EUR 18 million under the Africa Investment Trust Fund (AITF). The remaining funds will go to measures to build the capabilities of the G5 Sahel, ensure respect for human rights, improve governance and strengthen judicial systems and security capabilities. What are the main areas of EU support to the G5 Sahel countries? The EU supports the G5 Sahel countries in three main sectors: Political partnership: The EU is an important political partner to the G5 Sahel countries. EU-G5 dialogues are held regularly to strengthen cooperation in areas of common interest such as development, security, migration, counter-terrorism, youth employment and humanitarian aid. Development cooperation: The EU and its Member States are the main donors in the region, to the tune of EUR 8 billion for the period 2014-2020, half of which comes from the EU institutions. The EU uses all the tools at its disposal to support development efforts in the region, including the European Development Fund, the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, loan-grant blending, and guarantee mechanisms to promote investment.

Source: europa.eu