Round table of local actors on water as a vector for peace in the Sahel
The Liptako-Gourma region, shared by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, is an epicentre of the security crisis affecting the Sahel. Local populations are particularly affected by the armed violence of the belligerents and by the sharp increase in humanitarian needs. Access to water, as a vital resource for basic needs, and as a key to accessing natural resources that can be exploited by the populations, is a major challenge for diplomacy in favour of peace and social cohesion between communities. Such an approach requires the inclusion of local actors in the definition of the problems and responses to the crisis, through sustainable solutions for which they are in a position to play a major role.
This is the objective of this round table of local actors on water as a vector for peace in the Sahel, which was held in Ouagadougou from 2 to 4 June 2021, institutionally supported by the Integrated Development Authority of the Liptako-Gourma States (ALG), the High Authority for Peace Consolidation of Niger (HACP), with the support of the Geneva Water Hub, the NGO Eau Vive Internationale and the Citizens' Observatory on Governance and Security (OCGS). The reflections of the local actors were presented during the round table to technical and financial partners involved in supporting the region through several initiatives, in order to discuss how to take them into account in the intervention strategies.