Netherlands will continue support to Sahel region with US$430 million over four years
The Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation informed parliament in a letter about the Dutch and European development efforts in the Sahel region in the coming years. The cabinet outlined its commitment to strengthening the capacities of Sahel countries to guarantee their own safety, and its investment of more than €400 million (US$430 million) for a period of four years in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.
With regard to migration, the Netherlands contributes financially to international initiatives against human trafficking, smuggling networks, and towards the improvement of legal systems. The Netherlands also supports the reception and assistance of irregular migrants. The national commitment is designed in line with the broader European framework, which carries out several security missions in the area and invests in sustainable development.