Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience

Active Project
Project Countries: Burkina Faso, Niger
Thematic Issues: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, Customary and Community Tenure, Economic Growth, Pastoralism, Women's Empowerment
Project Duration: 2015 to 2018

USAID’s Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) program works to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable people, households, communities and systems in targeted agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones in Niger and Burkina Faso. This will be achieved through three interwoven objectives: increased and sustainable well-being, strengthened institutions and governance, and improved nutrition and health. Each of these objectives constitutes a core component of the REGIS-ER program.

Given its importance to incentivizing intensification, facilitating diversification and mitigating conflict, one component of REGIS-ER will actively facilitate effective land tenure policy implementation. Gender, youth, climate change adaptation, information communication technology and functional literacy are cross-cutting themes that are integrated into all three components.

Objectives

  • Enable effective, flexible and inclusive natural resource management capable of adapting to changing conditions associated with population pressure and climate change.
  • Secure access to land, including by the marginalized groups such as agro-pastoralists, women and the most vulnerable.

Expected Outcomes

  • Policy implementation that enables secure access to land, including by the marginalized groups such as agro-pastoralists, women and the most vulnerable
  • Improved capacity of community based governance structures, civil society organizations and local government institutions to manage natural resources (e.g., forests, pasture, water points)
  • Improved capacity of community-based governance structures and traditional leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through the transparent and consensual management of natural resources (e.g., grazing corridors)
  • Effective and community and government co-owned natural resource management plans developed and implemented at the community and landscape and watershed levels that incorporate climate change
  • Increased capacity of state and non-state governance institutions to manage climate variability and change
  • Consolidation of lessons learned from locally developed and implemented natural resource management plans and use of these lessons inform and (re)shape national-level policy