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RFI: Regional Resilience Activity for Sahel Region
The U.S. Agency for International Development is starting the design of a new Regional Resilience Activity for the Sahel Region in Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, and Mauritania. USAID/Senegal/SRO is reaching out to local stakeholders and interested parties to obtain comments and suggestions in order to incorporate relevant information, local perspectives and experiences, and innovative approaches to support this new activity. Responses to this RFI must not be portrayed as proposals and will not be accepted by the USG to form a binding agreement.
Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, and Mauritania face concurrent crises with both unique and shared challenges as they recover socially and economically from COVID-19 and deal with the impacts of the Russian war in Ukraine, two shocks that have exacerbated persistent challenges. These challenges include long-standing poverty, fragile governance, political instability, violent extremism and rising insecurity, climate change, inflation, growing populations, internal displacement, and food insecurity. The devastating effects of these challenges disproportionately affect women and youth, with women shouldering much of the burden and an increasing risk of youth recruitment into violent extremists organizations. Countries in the Sahel are among the most vulnerable to climate change in the world and rural economies in particular face growing climate shocks, as their economies largely depend on agriculture activities.
Despite efforts at both the regional (ECOWAS) and national level to encourage public policy reforms in key sectors such as health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and agriculture, populations in these countries still lack enough opportunities, training, and tools to strengthen their ability to cope with stresses, shocks, and climate change effects.
USAID seeks to expand resilience in the Sahel, improving the ability of individuals, households and communities to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from perennial shocks and stresses.
Through this RFI, USAID is eager to 1) validate our theory of change, 2) better understand the diverse perspectives of respondents, and 3) identify opportunities to better integrate programming to improve resilience. USAID is in the process of gathering information to inform its next iteration of resilience programming. USAID also recognizes the importance of identifying the unequal impact of shocks, stresses, and climate change on women and youth, and their implication on households and the local economy
Response Due Date: May 31st, 2023