Emergency programme for the stabilisation of G5 Sahel border areas (PDU)

Emergency programme for the stabilisation of G5 Sahel border areas (PDU)

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and several members of the Sahel Alliance (Denmark, Germany), the Emergency programme for the stabilisation of G5 Sahel border areas (PDU) provides substantive support for vulnerable populations in border areas of the five G5 Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It is a direct response to the request of the G5 Sahel Heads of State and government, developed jointly by the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat and members of the Sahel Alliance, in the face of insecurity and the vulnerability of populations. The action aims to support vulnerable populations and social cohesion, in particular by improving access to water in the most fragile regions while facilitating the resolution of natural resource conflicts. Particular attention is paid to gender aspects, in particular by taking into account women in the identification phases of project sites, and gender aspects in the choice of locations for water standpipes, in terms of operation, pricing and management structures. An effective representation of women in water management bodies will be required. Several members of the Sahel Alliance (AFD, GIZ, LuxDev and the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue) are in charge of implementing the programme.

Global objective

  • Improve the living conditions, resilience of vulnerable populations and social cohesion

Specific objectives

  • Favour the living conditions of border populations, by improving basic services, in particular access to water and sanitation
  • Strengthen the livelihoods of agricultural and pastoral populations by building sustainable and structural resilience to food and nutrition insecurity
  • Support local communities and institutions in conflict prevention and strengthening social cohesion by strengthening the local socio-economic patterns

Expected results

Direct effects:

  • An 18% increase of the access rate to drinking water for the populations of the six regions
  • Improved access to sanitation services
  • Reduced distances between pastoral water points
  • Better performance of water supply and sanitation equipment

In the medium and long term:

  • Rational use of pasture
  • Improved health situation of the targeted populations (less water-borne diseases)
  • Increase in the national drinking water supply rate (from 53 to 58.4%)
  • Reduced number of community conflicts and/or conflicts between farmers and herders battling over the control and sharing of water


4 years : 31/05/2019 - 31/12/2022


The project is implemented in the G5 Sahel countries in the following regions: Boucle du Mouhoun, North and Sahel (Burkina Faso), Kanem and Lac (Chad), Mopti (Mali), Hodh El Chargui and Hodh El Gharbi (Mauritania), Tillabéry and Tahoua (Niger).


  • Vulnerable, economically weakened households, including refugees and internally displaced persons
  • Youth and civil society
  • Women and girls
  • Economic actors in the agro-pastoral sector, and in particular professional organisations and cooperatives
  • Local authorities, decentralised technical services and local bodies/actors


EUR 144 479 592


  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 98.3 million)
  • Members of the Sahel Alliance (EUR 10 million)
  • Other funding sources


  • French Agency for Development (AFD)
  • German Development Agency (GIZ)
  • Centre pour le dialogue humanitaire (HD)
  • Luxembourg Development Co-operation Agency (LuxDev)


  • Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel
  • G5 Sahel countries
  • Sahel Alliance

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  • Burkina Faso
  • Chad
  • G5 Sahel area
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger


  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Climate, climate change & adaptation
  • Employment & revenues
  • Environment
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Health
  • Livestock & pastoralism
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Natural resource management
  • Poverty
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Water & sanitation
  • Youth


  • Institutions
  • Pastoralists & Agro-pastoralists
  • Poor households
  • Poor workers in the informal economy
  • Refugees
  • Vulnerable small-scale farmers
  • Women
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 2: Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households
  • Pillar 3: Sustainably improve agricultural and food productivity and the incomes of the most vulnerable households and improve access to food
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security


  • Local
  • Cross-border
  • Regional (West Africa)

Sustainable Development Goals

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