USAID’s Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) program works to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable people, households, communities and systems in targeted agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones in Niger and Burkina Faso. This will be achieved through three interwoven objectives: increased and sustainable well-being, strengthened institutions and governance, and improved nutrition and health. Each of these objectives constitutes a core component of the REGIS-ER program.
Given its importance to incentivizing intensification, facilitating diversification and mitigating conflict, one component of REGIS-ER will actively facilitate effective land tenure policy implementation. Gender, youth, climate change adaptation, information communication technology and functional literacy are cross-cutting themes that are integrated into all three components.
- Enable effective, flexible and inclusive natural resource management capable of adapting to changing conditions associated with population pressure and climate change.
- Secure access to land, including by the marginalized groups such as agro-pastoralists, women and the most vulnerable.
- Policy implementation that enables secure access to land, including by the marginalized groups such as agro-pastoralists, women and the most vulnerable
- Improved capacity of community based governance structures, civil society organizations and local government institutions to manage natural resources (e.g., forests, pasture, water points)
- Improved capacity of community-based governance structures and traditional leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through the transparent and consensual management of natural resources (e.g., grazing corridors)
- Effective and community and government co-owned natural resource management plans developed and implemented at the community and landscape and watershed levels that incorporate climate change
- Increased capacity of state and non-state governance institutions to manage climate variability and change
- Consolidation of lessons learned from locally developed and implemented natural resource management plans and use of these lessons inform and (re)shape national-level policy