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15 Dec 2017 description

At the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron, the five countries of the Sahel region that provide troops to the G5 Sahel military force met in Paris yesterday. Together with a group of other countries and institutions that are closely involved in the Sahel, they discussed ways of supporting this force. The Netherlands, which has been committed to promoting security and development in the region for some time, was represented by foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra.

16 Aug 2012 description

The Netherlands is making an extra EUR 4 million available for emergency aid to the Sahel region. This was announced on Wednesday by international cooperation minister Ben Knapen. The money will go to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) which, as well as providing emergency food aid, is working on structural solutions to improve food security in the region.

17 Mar 2011 description

Despite cases of misappropriation accounting for $34 million in four countries (Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania and Zambia) identified and published by the Global Fund, the Netherlands does not intend to suspend its contribution to the Fund. 'We have a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. Any suspicion of abuse and corruption will be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted.