In March 2021, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) closed one of the longest-running, multi-sectoral resilience activities in the Sahel, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project. As USAID’s flagship RISE I activity, REGIS-ER laid the foundation for the next decade of sustained resilience investments and demonstrated what’s possible when communities work together to build self-reliance and solve challenges.
This seven-year activity addressed the root causes of persistent vulnerabilities in Burkina Faso and Niger, including recurrent shocks and stresses. In collaboration with communities, REGIS-ER integrated sustainable livelihoods; natural resource management; governance; and health and nutrition interventions to increase the capacity of households and communities to cope with and recover from recurrent crises.
To celebrate the impact and legacy of REGIS-ER, NCBA CLUSA and the RISE II Sahel Collaboration and Communication presented a closeout webinar series that highlighted project impacts and pitfalls, key findings from the final evaluation and featured lessons learned and adaptations made over seven years of implementation. The discussions engaged staff, stakeholders, government partners and USAID representatives to reflect on three elements critical to the project’s success and its future sustainability: Habbanaye, Local Conventions and Citizen Working Groups.