Project profile — Female Leadership Program for Inclusive Security Governance in the Sahel


Danish Refugee Council
2021-11-04 - 2022-10-31
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Niger (33.30%)
• Burkina Faso (33.30%)
• Mali (33.40%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to strengthen a pool of existing regional female experts made up of 30 women from women’s organizations that are members and partners of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the project’s partner, in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, by sharing knowledge and adapted tools on Security Sector Reform (SSR) with them. This knowledge gets passed on at the community level, giving civil society organizations a stronger voice and enhancing communities’ access to information about SSR processes. At the same time, the activity will enable this pool to network with national security institutions, enhancing its contributions and leading to positive changes in attitudes about more inclusive governance of security.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) women are more included in security sector governance as major players in the peacebuilding process in the Sahel; (2) a pool of female experts is more knowledgeable about security and governance in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger; (3) a network is developed between a pool of female experts and national security institutions in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger; (4) security sector players develop a positive and encouraging attitude toward women’s participation in security sector reform; and (5) the community and particularly women in civil society in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are more knowledgeable about security sector reform.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $209,721
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
15-03-2023 Disbursement $209,686
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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