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PHASE: Providing Humanitarian Assistance to Sahel Emergencies - The DG ECHO DFID Shared Programme

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In the Sahel, food and nutrition crises and their aftershocks affect millions of vulnerable people every year. People’s access to basic social services is restricted and their livelihoods have been eroded, limiting their ability to be resilient to shocks. The situation results in a prolonged state of emergency, with alarming numbers of people under nourished or food insecure.

Violence and conflict in Mali and across the Lake Chad Basin (Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad) have led to the displacement of millions of people, within their countries or across borders.

The region is also prone to epidemics and to natural hazards such as floods and droughts, which are likely to increase due to climate change. This further exacerbates existing vulnerabilities and mechanisms to cope remain very limited.


DG ECHO and DFID have been responding to humanitarian needs in the Sahel for over a decade. In view of our complementary approaches, we decided in 2015 to enter into a strategic partnership.

Our joint programme PHASE aims to:

  • provide assistance to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs while the resilience of the population is built;

  • increase the coordination and complementarities between two key donors to maximise the impact of our action; and

  • jointly relay key humanitarian messages.


The UK Department for International Development - DFID leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the government’s UK Aid Strategy.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations - DG ECHO manages an aid budget of around €1 billion a year (less than 1 % of the total EU budget), bringing assistance to over 120 million people every year.