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Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) is the Sahel Regional Office-led resilience initiative that aims to address the root causes of persistent vulnerability. Based on joint analysis and planning between USAID development and humanitarian professionals and in collaboration with a multitude of partners across the region, this initiative brings together humanitarian and development assistance programming to build resilience in a targeted zone of intervention in Niger and Burkina Faso.

Operationally, the RISE initiative is a set of USAID development and humanitarian assistance projects and activities that are managed collectively by the Sahel Regional Office (SRO), USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP), USAID/West Africa Regional, USAID/Washington and the field offices in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Three programs managed by the SRO that support the RISE initiative include: Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel –Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER), a multi-sectoral resilience project; Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG), a focused value-chain project, and; the Sahel Resilience Learning Project (SAREL) that bolsters collaboration, learning and adaptation across the entire RISE platform.

By building on and out from other programs in the Sahel, such as the FFP development programs in the RISE zone of intervention, these investments will give an estimated 1.9 million of the region’s most vulnerable a real chance to break the cycle of crisis and lessen the need for humanitarian assistance in the future.


USAID/Burkina Faso and USAID/Niger are limited presence field offices based in Ouagadougou and Niamey, respectively. A USAID Representative and a team of dedicated local and international development specialists coordinate development activities in-country with oversight by the USAID Sahel Regional Office. The implementation of USAID foreign assistance programs takes place in coordination with the SRO in Dakar, Senegal as well as the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission in Accra, Ghana, and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP) regional offices based in Dakar.

The SRO is also responsible for the non-presence field offices USAID/Chad and USAID/Mauritania, based in N'Djamena and Nouakchott respectively. 

Last updated: November 10, 2015

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