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Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - 
Sahel and West Africa

Launched in Ouagadougou in December 2012, AGIR is a global alliance to foster improved synergy, coherence and effectiveness of resilience initiatives in the region. The Alliance is placed under the political and technical leadership of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and it is based on existing platforms and networks, in particular the RPCA. Building on the “Zero Hunger” target within the next 20 years, the core approach of the Alliance is to channel the efforts of regional and international stakeholders towards a common results framework. A Regional Roadmap adopted in April 2013, specifies the objectives and main orientations of AGIR. One year after its launch, many countries have started defining "National Resilience Priorities". The next AGIR Senior Experts' Group meeting will be held on 18 December 2014 at the European Commission in Brussels. 

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Progress made in 2014 

The implementation of AGIR is now at a crossroads. Fourteen of the 17 countries have begun the process of formulating National Resilience Priorities (NRP). The Regional Roadmap adopted by all stakeholders in April 2013 is guiding their work. At this critical stage of the Alliance’s implementation,

Progress made in 2013

Among the major achievements was the finalisation of methodological tools for conducting national inclusive dialogue, which were validated at the regional workshop on 28-30 August 2013 in Cotonou, and the establishment of the AGIR Technical Unit. Stakeholders commended the SWAC Secretariat for providing a platform for dialogue, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance.

AGIR - one year on...

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, speaking at the Sahel and West Africa Week 2013,

Abidjan, 25-29 November 2013

"Since we launched the Global Alliance for Resilience - Sahel and West Africa (AGIR) in Ouagadougou, we have gone a very long way in just one short year. First, we have now a number of countries developing their national action plans: what specifically they can do to make communities more resilient to recurrent shocks of droughts and floods; secondly, we have mobilised significant financial commitments from the European Union: 1.5 billion euros that are going to underpin the measures that countries identify; and third, we have very significant engagements not just from agriculture where we started on the issue of food security, but also from health and social affairs; from ministries but also from bottom-up community organisations. [...]" > full statement.

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About AGIR

AGIR flyer_en

Food security stakeholders have formed a consensus that humanitarian assistance must not be disassociated from efforts to combat the structural causes of poverty and endemic famine. The Alliance focuses greater attention on the most vulnerable populations with the goal of building their resilience and capacity to withstand crises and shocks. A large number of initiatives already apply the “resilience approach” and the Alliance aims to support and strengthen them. AGIR is thus not an additional initiative or a new opportunity to access finance – even though it might also channel additional resources towards resilience. It is a long-term political partnership to enhance the effectiveness of Sahelian and West African initiatives. During the December 2012 launch in Ouagadougou, Alliance stakeholders set a goal to eradicate hunger within the next 20 years. Under the political and technical leadership of ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS, the Alliance builds on existing discussion forums and networks, in particular within the framework of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). The Roadmap provides a Regional Guidance Framework setting forth the overall objectives of the Alliance. It serves as the basis for formulating national resilience priorities, including operational frameworks for funding, implementation, monitoring and assessment.
> AGIR presentation flyer 

Origin

At the initiative of the European Union, ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS met with their international partners at a high-level consultation on 18 June 2012 in Brussels to discuss the root causes of recurrent food and nutritional crises which are weakening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable households. They agreed to join efforts and create a Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - Sahel and West Africa. The Alliance aims to promote greater resilience among vulnerable populations by creating greater synergy between emergency actions and between long-term strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of food crises. In line with the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Alliance puts emphasis on donor co-ordination and the building of synergy in order to foster effective collective action for sustainable food and nutritional security. “In order to achieve the objectives set, “The relevant processes should be fully owned at regional level and anchored in the region”, concluded participants at the high-level meeting on 18 June.

Joint EC-West Africa Press Briefing by Kristalina Georgieva, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner in charge of development, Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the UEMOA Commission and Braoussala Blamsia, CILSS Deputy Executive Secretary.

Welcoming and opening statements by Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, High-level consultation meeting: "Addressing the emergency; investing in resilience", 18 June 2012

To implement this partnership, the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) facilitated consultations amongst all stakeholders. On 6 December 2012, some 200 stakeholders gathered in Ouagadougou at the 28th RPCA Annual Meeting to seal the Alliance. They adopted a Joint Statement outlining the Alliance's objectives, principles and next steps.

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Resilience

AGIR is based on a shared definition of the term “resilience” as being:

“The capacity of vulnerable households, families, communities and systems to face uncertainty and the risk of shocks, to withstand and respond effectively to shocks, as well as to recover and adapt in a sustainable manner”.
 

This definition calls for concerted humanitarian and development efforts in order to increase the resilience of vulnerable households, families and communities and to break the cycle of recurrent food and nutritional crises. It addresses, by means of a unified approach, the causes of acute and chronic food and nutritional crises, while helping vulnerable households to increase their incomes, gain access to basic infrastructures and social services, and create wealth by sustainably strengthening their livelihoods.
This approach requires the concurrent implementation of long-term, structural programmes and short-term actions aimed at addressing the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations. Long-term programmes include human capacity building at all levels, and support for communities in their efforts to build resilience through building/strengthening community governance, social service systems (water, education, health, etc.), community food storage systems and other infrastructures, community early warning and prevention mechanisms, etc.

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Objectives

The overall objective of the Alliance is to “Structurally reduce, in a sustainable manner, food and nutritional vulnerability by supporting the implementation of Sahelian and West African policies”. In the next 20 years, the Alliance aims to completely eradicate hunger and malnutrition (Objective “Zero Hunger”). In the shorter term, the Alliance aims to build resilience among the vulnerable communities and households in the Sahel and West Africa so that they are better able to resist shocks.

Specific Strategic Objectives
    1. Improve social protection for the most vulnerable households and communities in order to secure their livelihoods;
    2. Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households;
    3. Sustainably improve agricultural and food production, the incomes of vulnerable households and their access to food;
    4. Strengthen governance in food and nutritional security.

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    Target populations

    • Small-scale vulnerable agricultural households most often physically distant from or poorly connected to markets;
    • Agro-pastoralist and pastoralist households (including artisan fishermen) whose livestock and fisheries resources are continually threatened by recurring weather hazards;
    • Poor workers in the informal sector, both in rural and urban areas. This group is in large part composed of younger generations, facing unemployment or a precarious employment situation and, as a consequence, the risk of being targeted by criminal and terrorist group activities.

    In these three categories of households, the most vulnerable are children under the age of five, and particularly those under the age of two, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers, as well as women-headed-households (WHH) and the elderly. 

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    Political Governance

    Based on West African leadership, AGIR comes under the joint political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA, promoting subsidiarity in the interest of efficiency, with UEMOA ensuring that actions are co-ordinated at the level of its eight member states and ECOWAS overseeing overall co-ordination. The two organisations will be enhancing and strengthening the role of CILSS, which serves as a technical agency for the implementation (design, monitoring, technical co-ordination at the national and regional levels) of activities within its area of expertise. Other regional organisations or technical bodies will be mobilised in their specific fields of competence (research, health, education, etc.).

    The ECOWAS Specialised Technical Ministerial Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources (CTS-AERE) and the UEMOA High-Level Committee on Food Security (CHN-SA) are the Alliance’s main regional decision-making bodies. The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) platform will, via the RPCA, provide the common space for dialogue, debate, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance on the international stage.

    AGIR governance 

    Senior Experts' Group (SEG)

    The Senior Experts' Group (SEG) brings together all AGIR stakeholders at least twice a year to define the main orientations and review progress made in the implementation of the Alliance. Its meetings are jointly organised by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) and the CILSS Executive Secretariat, within the framework of the RPCA meetings

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    Technical Management

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    International Co-ordination - Platform of Technical and Financial Partners (PTFP)

    AGIR's international partners have established a co-ordination Platform of Technical and Financial Partners (PTFP/AGIR) whose goal is to sustain the political commitment of the technical and financial partners and facilitate continuous political interaction between the international community and Sahelian and West African policy makers. The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) platform, via the RPCA, provides the common space for dialogue, debate, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance on the international stage. > summary conclusions of PTFP meetings

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    Role of SWAC

    The platform of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD), via the RPCA, provides the common space for dialogue, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance at the international level. 

    The SWAC Secretariat has played a crucial role in the creation of the Alliance by pulling together the various food security stakeholders from the region and international scene and progressively building a shared understanding of resilience. These efforts led to the launch of AGIR in December 2012 in Ouagadougou.

    Since then, the SWAC Secretariat has supported consensus-building among the AGIR stakeholders leading to the approval of the Regional Roadmap in April 2013, - the Regional Guidance Framework which sets forth the overall objectives of the Alliance.

    The SWAC Secretariat continues to support the implementation of AGIR by facilitating the adoption of methodological tools for the conduct of national inclusive dialogue processes and the formulation of National Resilience Priorities (NRP). It also organises, together with CILSS, the AGIR Senior Experts' Group (SEG) meetings and provides permanent technical, logistic and communications support (presentation flyers, website, etc.).  

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    Contact

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    Countries list

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Andorra
  5. Angola
  6. Anguilla
  7. Antigua and Barbuda
  8. Argentina
  9. Armenia
  10. Aruba
  11. Australia
  12. Austria
  13. Azerbaijan
  14. Bahamas
  15. Bahrain
  16. Guernsey
  17. Jersey
  18. Bangladesh
  19. Barbados
  20. Belarus
  21. Belgium
  22. Belize
  23. Benin
  24. Bermuda
  25. Bhutan
  26. Venezuela
  27. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  28. Botswana
  29. Brazil
  30. British Virgin Islands
  31. Brunei Darussalam
  32. Bulgaria
  33. Burkina Faso
  34. Burundi
  35. Cabo Verde
  36. Cambodia
  37. Cameroon
  38. Canada
  39. Cayman Islands
  40. Central African Republic
  41. Chad
  42. Chile
  43. Chinese Taipei^Taipei
  44. Colombia
  45. Comoros
  46. Cook Islands
  47. Costa Rica
  48. Côte d'Ivoire
  49. Croatia
  50. Cuba
  51. Cyprus
  52. Czech Republic
  53. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  54. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  55. Denmark
  56. Djibouti
  57. Dominica
  58. Dominican Republic
  59. Ecuador
  60. Egypt
  61. El Salvador
  62. Equatorial Guinea
  63. Eritrea
  64. Estonia
  65. Ethiopia
  66. European Union
  67. Faeroe Islands
  68. Micronesia
  69. Fiji
  70. Finland
  71. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  72. France
  73. French Guiana
  74. Gabon
  75. Gambia
  76. Georgia
  77. Germany
  78. Ghana
  79. Gibraltar
  80. Greece
  81. Greenland
  82. Grenada
  83. Guatemala
  84. Guinea
  85. Guinea-Bissau
  86. Guyana
  87. Haiti
  88. Honduras
  89. Hong Kong (China)
  90. Hungary
  91. Iceland
  92. India
  93. Indonesia
  94. Iraq
  95. Ireland
  96. Iran
  97. Isle of Man
  98. Israel
  99. Italy
  100. Jamaica
  101. Japan
  102. Jordan
  103. Kazakhstan
  104. Kenya
  105. Kiribati
  106. Korea
  107. Kuwait
  108. Kyrgyzstan
  109. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  110. Latvia
  111. Lebanon
  112. Lesotho
  113. Liberia
  114. Libya
  115. Liechtenstein
  116. Lithuania
  117. Luxembourg
  118. Macau (China)
  119. Madagascar
  120. Malawi
  121. Malaysia
  122. Maldives
  123. Mali
  124. Malta
  125. Marshall Islands
  126. Mauritania
  127. Mauritius
  128. Mayotte
  129. Mexico
  130. Monaco
  131. Mongolia
  132. Montenegro
  133. Montserrat
  134. Morocco
  135. Mozambique
  136. Myanmar
  137. Namibia
  138. Nauru
  139. Nepal
  140. Netherlands
  141. New Zealand
  142. Nicaragua
  143. Niger
  144. Nigeria
  145. Niue
  146. Norway
  147. Oman
  148. Pakistan
  149. Palau
  150. Palestinian Authority
  151. Panama
  152. Papua New Guinea
  153. Paraguay
  154. China (People’s Republic of)
  155. Peru
  156. Philippines
  157. Bolivia
  158. Poland
  159. Portugal
  160. Puerto Rico
  161. Qatar
  162. Moldova
  163. Congo
  164. Romania
  165. Russia
  166. Rwanda
  167. Saint Helena
  168. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  169. Saint Lucia
  170. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  171. Samoa
  172. San Marino
  173. Sao Tome and Principe
  174. Saudi Arabia
  175. Senegal
  176. Serbia
  177. Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  178. Seychelles
  179. Sierra Leone
  180. Singapore
  181. Slovak Republic
  182. Slovenia
  183. Solomon Islands
  184. Somalia
  185. South Africa
  186. South Sudan
  187. Spain
  188. Sri Lanka
  189. Sudan
  190. Suriname
  191. Swaziland
  192. Sweden
  193. Switzerland
  194. Syrian Arab Republic
  195. Tajikistan
  196. Thailand
  197. Timor-Leste
  198. Togo
  199. Tokelau
  200. Tonga
  201. Trinidad and Tobago
  202. Tunisia
  203. Turkey
  204. Turkmenistan
  205. Turks and Caicos Islands
  206. Tuvalu
  207. Uganda
  208. Ukraine
  209. United Arab Emirates
  210. United Kingdom
  211. Tanzania
  212. United States
  213. United States Virgin Islands
  214. Uruguay
  215. Uzbekistan
  216. Vanuatu
  217. Viet Nam
  218. Wallis and Futuna
  219. Western Sahara
  220. Yemen
  221. Zambia
  222. Zimbabwe
  223. Curaçao
  224. Bonaire
  225. Saba
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