Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.

The Sahel is one of the most unstable regions in the world. Conflict, weak governance, organised crime and violent extremism are destabilising many of the countries in the region and have the potential to affect the UK. Extremist groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate in the Sahel region and conflict, political crises and coups d’état have occurred frequently in the past decade. The Sahel is amongst the poorest regions in the world. Over 78% of people in Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso live in poverty and the number of poor people in Niger and Mali is likely to increase in the next 20 years. 39% of primary school-aged children in Mali are out of school and Niger has the second highest mortality rate for children under five years old in the world. The Sahel also has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, which is likely to increase from approximately 90 million in 2018 to over 220 million by 2050. Climate change is already having significant adverse impacts and placing further pressure on the inadequate infrastructure, water supply, and agricultural production.

To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full profile for DFID Sahel.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Sahel, see:

Burkina Faso

Chad

Mali

Mauritania

Niger

Senegal

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