Sahel Road Safety Initiative (2018-2021)

Roadmaps to Security in the Sahel

The Sahel—comprised of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal—faces complex security challenges that are both confined to and transcend nation-state boundaries. Some of the most significant concerns of citizens from the Sahel relate to the lack of accountable and transparent processes in the security sector, insufficient provision of basic security needs, and limited access to justice.

By focusing on traffic corruption and mismanagement of road safety, two key drivers of citizen distrust of government, Roadmaps to Security in Senegal and Burkina Faso, supports the ability of law enforcement in Senegal and Burkina Faso to improve public perceptions of law enforcement integrity and effectiveness. The program team initially produced a detailed assessment of existing law enforcement roles, initiatives, performance, and the political-economic environment in both countries with input from local steering committees, which enabled them to design a program with maximum impact. Implemented with Partners West Africa – Senegal and FOSEC, the program , is entering its third year, with plans to scale up pilot initiatives to new localities in the two implementing countries of the first phase. Year 3 of the program will include expansion into the broader Sahel region, henceforth the name of the program’s second iteration Sahel Road Safety Initiative (SRSI). SRSI will include more inclusive and collaborative regional approaches to road security across the Sahel with the addition of Mali and Niger.