International Labour Organization reaffirms its commitment to assist and support the G5 Sahel

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, 28 February 2020 – The seventh Council of Ministers of member countries of the G5 Sahel opened Sunday, February 23 in Nouakchott as a prelude of the sixth Summit of Heads of State held on February 25 in the Mauritanian capital.

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On the sidelines of the opening of the seventh ordinary session of the G5 Sahel Council of Ministers, the G5 Sahel Secretariat, represented by Maman Sambo Sidikou, Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel, and the International Labour Organization, represented by Dramane Haidara, Director of the Decent Work Technical Support Team for West Africa and Country Director for Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Cabo Verde, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The signature took place in the presence of Ministers in charge of development, foreign affairs and defence in the G5 Sahel area.

The MoU between the ILO and the G5 Sahel is an affirmation of the will of the two parties to strengthen their partnership, which focuses on good governance, infrastructure, resilience and human development in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The signature underscores the ILO’s commitment to accompany and support the G5 Sahel in the implementation of its Priority Investment Programme (PIP) through projects and concrete actions on the ground.

The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the G5 Secretariat and member States to undertake macroeconomic policy analyses that favour inclusive structural change which promotes job creation in the sub region, particularly for women and youth, and strengthens the capacity of the both the Secretariat and member countries in the assessment of the impact of PIP projects and investments.

To that end, a project to help "ILO constituents which are members of G5 Sahel integrate decent work in their priority investment programs" is currently underway in Mauritania, Mali and Niger, and provides support and capacity building in areas such as job creation, the promotion of decent work and resource mobilization.

The project aims to strengthen the G5 Sahel Secretariat and social partners in PIP implementation:
  • to develop the skills of local support structures in the field of green jobs and hydraulic infrastructure;
  • to strengthen capacity of communities and institutions to rehabilitate/build infrastructure using a labour-intensive investment approach; and
  • to raise awareness among constituents and financial and technical partners of the ILO’s "Jobs for Peace and Resilience" programme.

Implementation strategies are based on a participative and flexible planning that takes into account the needs of beneficiaries and creates synergies between the different actors that can contribute to its implementation. The integrated programme is inspired by the Jobs for Peace and Resilience approach and is aligned with national and sub-regional priorities.

With a budget of US $1 million, the partnership will benefit the G5 Sahel Secretariat, trade unions and employers’ organizations, governments, local authorities and development partners at the country level.

The actions are aligned with priorities of G5 Sahel countries regarding the eradication of violence and the establishment of an enabling environment for peace and development.

For more information on the ILO Alliance with the G5 Sahel:

Contact: Jennifer Patterson, Regional Communication and Public Information Officer, ILO Regional Office for Africa, tel. +225 20 31 8947,