NOUAKCHOTT – G5 Sahel donors and international partners pledged $ 2.4 billion in aid to Nouakchott on Thursday euros for some 40 development projects focused on the fight against terrorism, according to their final communiqué.
"G5 Sahel partners made funding announcements for a total amount of 2.4 billion euros, corresponding to 127% of the initial mobilization target," says the statement released in the evening to the from a donor conference in the Mauritanian capital
A few hours earlier, a first statement read in public by G5 officials estimated the amount of aid pledged at "nearly two billion euros."
"These commitments of our partners largely cover the global needs of the priority investment program (PIP)," G5 Sahel's current chairman, Nigerian Mahamadou Issoufou, told the press.
Prior to this conference, the G5 estimated the funds needed to finance its Priority Investment Program (PIP) for the period 2019-2021 at € 1.9 billion, targeting in particular border regions where terrorists take advantage of state deficiencies to gain a foothold.
By building schools, health centers or providing access to water, governments hope to retain poor populations that could otherwise succumb to terrorist sirens.