EU foreign ministers agree to support Sahel countries in addressing human rights and development challenges

EU foreign ministers have set out a political framework for EU engagement with the group of five (G5) Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). In the framework, the ministers committed to help Sahel countries address the political, human rights, security, development, food insecurity, and migratory challenges faced by the region. The political framework is expected to adopted by development ministers and lead to commitment to long term EU-engagement and support for the region.

Total EU and member state development cooperation support to the G5 Sahel countries is estimated to be US$10.5 billion for 2014 to 2020. The EU supports the Sahel mainly through the EU trust fund for Africa (through which just over US$1 billion has already been mobilized), and the European development fund, which for 2014 to 2020 has allocated US$708 million for Burkina Faso, US$611 million for Chad, US$749 million for Mali, US$180 million for Mauritania, and US$773 million for Niger. 

Press release – European Commission

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