The annual large request for humanitarian assistance in the Sahel is a clear sign that development there is not working

by IRIN News

Supporting agricultural in ecologically fragile zones is key to people having enough income, thereby reducing the need for humanitarian aid. Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN

Donors are starting to shift their approach, notably the Sahel’s biggest humanitarian donors European aid body ECHO and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), but development donors remain behind, and donor fatigue means vulnerable Sahelians this year risk missing out on emergency aid, let alone aid to build their resilience.